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US National Parks Tour

National Parks and National Monuments throughout the United States

The United States of America led the way in protecting, preserving and making available to the general public unspoiled natural resources of national importance.

Half Dome, Yosemite NPAlthough the National Park Service was not established until 1916 more than 30 national parks and monuments had already been designated begining with Hot Springs (Arkansas) by President Andrew Jackson in 1832, Yosemite Valley (California) by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 and Yellowstone (Wyoming) by Congress in 1872.
With nearly 400 National Parks, Monuments, Memorials, Seashores, Lakeshores, Battlefields, Wild and Scenic Rivers and Trails scattered throughout the country it is not possible to cover every location in detail.
What you will find here are sites that I have personally visited and photographed. Informative descriptions, links to additional resourses and, where appropriate, maps are included.
Many of the pages linked below are part of another destination on (such as the Statue of Liberty in my section on New York City) or from my growing collection of photo essays. To return here you may need to follow the National Parks link at the very top of every page.

Arizona National ParksView from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park
   North Rim of the Grand Canyon
   South Rim of the Grand Canyon
Petrified Forest National Park

California National Parks and National Monuments

Alcatraz Island panoramaAlcatraz Island – San Francisco
Cabrillo National Monument – San Diego (Point Loma)
Fort Point – San Francisco (Golden Gate Bridge)
Fort Ross NHP – California Coast above Bodega Bay
Lassen Volcanic National Park – northcentral CaliforniaLassen Peak reflected in Manzanita Lake
   Bumpass Hell – LVNP's largest, hottest hydrothermal area
Muir Woods National Monument – Mill Valley
Point Reyes National Seashore – Marin County
Presidio of San Francisco – San Francisco
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park – San Francisco (Aquatic Park)
Yosemite National Park – the Sierra Nevada

Idaho National MonumentNorth Crater Flow Trail at Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve — southern Idaho





Montana National ParksWildflowers, snow and mountain peak at Logan Pass

Glacier National Park – northwestern Montana (Candian boarder)





Statue of LibertyNew York National Parks and National Monuments

Ellis Island National Monument – NY, NJ
General Grant National Memorial – Manhattan (Morningside Heights)
Statue of Liberty National Monument – New York Harbor


Wizard Island, Crater LakeOregon’s only National Park

Crater Lake National Park – Oregon





Utah National Parks

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Zion National Park



Wyoming National Parks

Grand Teton National ParkOld barn and Teton Range





Yellowstone National Park (parts are in Idaho and Montana)
   Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneLower Falls from Artist Point
   Yellowstone NP Hydrothermal Features





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