Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

The US National Parks marks its Centennial this August celebrating all the grandeur, scenic beauty and historic conservation of over 84.9 million acres for all to enjoy and explore. You can easily visit and experience all the National Parks within a reasonable drive or even a fantastic road trip to discover many of the national parks that are within easy driving range to each other. With the inclusion of national forests, national monuments and federal wilderness areas, the total amount reaches over 13.9 of American land that is protected nationwide – an amazing amount that have been preserved for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some of my favorite national park journeys in photographs

 

Yosemite National Park

“There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods…and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

– President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905

 

Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

The grandeur of  Yosemite in Black and white

 

Nevada Falls Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

Check out some of my favorite posts on Yosemite below

Scenic hike to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite in black and white

Yosemite photos – key attractions and landscapes

Yosemite history and Indian culture

Ahwhanee Hotel in Yosemite

 

Point Reyes National Seashore

“To cross this valley to the peninsula (Point Reyes) is to leave modern California and enter an island of wilderness, forgotten by progress, a quiet land misplaced in a noisy world.”
–Stephen Trimble

 

Point Reyes National Seashore - Celebrating US National parks

 

The beauty of Northern California at Point Reyes

 

Point Reyes National Seashore - Celebrating US National parks

 

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Point Reyes below

Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore – Travel Photo Mondays

Visiting Point Reyes Station

The Grand Canyon

“The glories and the beauties of form, color, and sound unite in the Grand Canyon – forms unrivaled even by the mountains, colors that vie with sunsets, and sounds that span the diapason from tempest to tinkling raindrop, from cataract to bubbling fountain.”
John Wesley Powell

 

The Grand Canyon Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Morning scenes of the Grand Canyon

 

The Grand Canyon Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on the Grand Canyon below

The Grand Canyon morning tour

American Southwest road tour

Popular train destinations in the USA

 

Glacier National Park

“Glaciers are almost gone from Glacier National Park. “

-Donella Meadows
Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Showcase of wildflowers in bloom at Glacier National Park

 

Glacier National Park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Glacier National Park below

Northwest National Park road trip

 

Yellowstone National Park

“Life has evolved to thrive in environments that are extreme only by our limited human standards: in the boiling battery acid of Yellowstone hot springs, in the cracks of permanent ice sheets, in the cooling waters of nuclear reactors, miles beneath the Earth’s crust, in pure salt crystals, and inside the rocks of the dry valleys of Antarctica.”
– Jill Tarter

 

 

Yellowstone National Park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Vivid landscapes and colors of Yellowstone National Park

 

Yellowstone National Park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Yellowstone National Park below

Northwest National Park road trip

Wildlife tour at Yellowstone National Park

The Grand Tetons National Park

“One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature — inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last.”

 

-John Muir

Grand Teton National park, Wyoming

 

Dramatic views of the Grand Teton mountain range

 

Grand Teton National park, Wyoming

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Grand Teton National Park below

Wildlife tour at Grand Teton National Park

 

Zion National Park

One of my favorite national parks is located in Southwestern Utah and just under a three hour drive from Las Vegas.  Zion National Park is approximately a 15 mile canyon in length made mostly of red and tan colored Navaho sandstone carved millions of years by the Virgin River which runs through the bottom of the canyon.   The park covers a lower elevation of 3,666 feet to the tallest elevation at 8,726 making this a cooler mountain area in between mostly desert landscape.  The park includes many fascinating natural features to include: arches, buttes, canyons, waterfalls, mesas, monoliths, rivers and slot canyons.

 

Zion National park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Dramatic colors and landscape at Zion

 

Zion National park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Zion National Park below

American Southwest road tour

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Every time, I visit San Francisco, I’m always drawn to visiting some of the open coastal areas of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The largest urban recreation area in the city, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area also comprises of five national historic landmarks. They include the following sites: Alcatraz Island, the Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Point National Historic site, San Francisco Port of Embarkation, San Francisco Bay Discovery Site. Along with the historic Presidio of San Francisco, the recreation area also contains four additional forts that originally protected the entrance of San Francisco Bay to include: Fort Point, Fort Barry, Fort Cronkhite and Fort Baker, the later three being located across from the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin headlands and Bay front. The wonderfully preserved headlands on both the Marin and San Francisco coastal areas are filled with coastal trails, beaches and magnificent vista points of natural landscape and combined city views for all to enjoy while spending a day at the recreation area.

 

 

Golden Gate National Recreation area

 

Lands End and Baker Beach

 

Golden Gate National Recreation area

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco in black & white

San Francisco in Springtime

Gardens in Golden Gate Park

 

 

Bryce Canyon National Park

 

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”      

– John Muir

 

Bryce Canyon National Park overlook

 

Exploring the rim trail at Bryce Canyon

 

Bryce Canyon National Park overlook

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Bryce Canyon National Park below

American Southwest road tour

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Established in 1916, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is comprised of two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa and is the home of the Goddess Pele who lives in the crater of Kilauea called Halema’uma’u. The park is blessed with magnificent rain forests, extensive lava tubes, calderas and vast lava fields of Pahoehoe and A’a lava formations. Ancient Hawaiians also came to visit the caldera to honor Pele and create Petroglyphs down the Chain of Craters road in a sacred area called Pu’u Loa. The park is filled with spiritual energy or Mana of supernatural power in which native Hawaiians and even holistic practitioners are drawn to the many energy fields of the area.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park US Centennial celebration

 

Lava entering the ocean from Kilauea

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park US Centennial celebration

 

Check out some of my favorite posts on Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Travel Photo Mondays

Hawaii Island – top places to visit on the East side

 

 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.”

-John Muir

Covering over 1,254,429 acres of mostly desert landscape, this recreation area also borders the national parks of Canyonlands, Capital Reef and The Grand Staircase – Escalente National Monument. The park was created primarily for recreation purposes with Lake Powell and preservation of historic, scenic and scientific features including Glen Canyon and the Glen Canyon dam which was created in 1966.

 

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation area

 

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon dam

 

 

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation area

Check out some of my favorite posts on Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

American Southwest road tour

 

 

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The only national park located in Central Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley was established as a national monument and then a national park in 2000. The name comes from Native Americans living in the area and calling the water in the valley below “Kahyonhá:ke or crooked river. Popular attractions include the steep narrow ravines with trails leading down to the bottom and the main waterfall called Brandywine falls, the Ledges overlook and a variety of other waterfalls in the park.

 

Cuyahoga National Park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

 

Impressive falls at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

 

Cuyahoga National Park Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

Check out some of my favorite posts on Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cleveland Metro parks

Hinkley Reservation in Ohio

 

Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park

This small 182 acre national historical park was considered a place of refuge as well as a spiritual center and residence for Hawaiian royalty. Hawaiian citizens who broke the Kapu or Hawaiian laws created by the local rulers were automatically severely punished. But normal citizens could avoid punishment by going to these places of refuge to be pardoned by the spiritual leaders at this sanctuary and allowed to return home safely.  Beautifully restored, the park contains historic replicas of temples, boat canoe houses and storage areas, resting grounds, rock walls and other monuments fronting a small harbor area typically filled with honu (sea turtles).

 

The-Place-of-Refuge, Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

 

The Place of Refuge on the Big Island of Hawaii

 

 

The-Place-of-Refuge, Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park

Check out some of my favorite posts on Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park

The Place of Refuge

Hawaii Island, key attractions on the west side

 

 

I still have a lot of national parks, monuments and forests to visit and enjoy for the rest of my life and I’m looking forward to spending more time to explore and enjoy these amazing US National Parks.

 

Grand Teton National park, Wyoming

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15 Responses to Celebrating the US National Parks Centennial

  1. Angelina August 30, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Your photos are great. I am new to this blogging world even though I’ve been traveling for many years. I’m headed to Denver Colorado in October, do you have any suggestions?

    • Noel August 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

      Sorry I haven’t been there in ages, maybe the highway trip up to Vail would be excellent or Garden of the Gods

  2. melody pittman August 28, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    This is a great collection of National Parks photos. Wow, very impressive. I have only been to a few and sorry to say that during their big anniversary, I did not see any new ones this year. Yellowstone is always my fave. 😉

  3. Drew August 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    Establishing the National Park system was the best way to preserve some of the stunning areas of the US. I love Point Reyes for the coastal views, and I would add Arches National Park in Utah, which is simply beautiful. Plus, Moab is a pretty fun town!

  4. Joe Ankenbauer August 28, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    We have a few of the same favorites! Such a beautiful country we have to explore!

  5. Sia August 28, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    You’ve gathered so many amazing places in this post. Seeing it all together makes me think that I didn’t know America has so many beautiful National parks. Yellowstone and the grand canyon are very high on my list!

  6. Chrysoula August 28, 2016 at 7:57 am #

    Amazing photography. I haven’t been to any of them but I always wanted to go to Yosemite and Yellowstone. Now more are added on my bucket list

  7. LeAnna Brown August 28, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    The beautify of the US never ceases to amaze me. It’s so spread out, so we often forget about some of these gems, but we will be traveling the US via RV starting next year and the national parks are at the top of our lists!

  8. Bryanna August 27, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    America has some amazing National Parks! I am so glad that Glacier is on your list. We are currently in Glacier National Park and it is amazing! It definitely ranks up there as one of our favorite National Parks with Yellowstone and the Dry Tortugas. We still have so many parks to see as we travel around the US in our RV and I will be referencing back to your post when we are ready to visit the parks you have listed here! We can’t wait to get to Yosemite and we will hopefully be visiting Zion this fall. Thanks for a great overview of these amazing parks!

  9. Jenna August 27, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Great shots! We love visiting National Parks–Yosemite National Park is high on our list for the next one to visit. One of our favorites is Glacier National Park. This makes me want to get out to another NP soon!

  10. Carol from Wayfaring Views August 27, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    I grew up in the west and have been fortunate enough to visit most of the parks you have listed. Lake Powell was the most fun for me. The views in Bryce are the best. And Yosimite smells the best with its pine forest. It’s hard to pick a fave. I went to Death Valley last spring and loved the stark landscape there. http://wayfaringviews.com/death-valley-photography-tour-spring/

  11. Adelina August 27, 2016 at 6:37 am #

    Great round up! There are so many great US National Parks and I’ve only been to a handful of them. Would love to plan a road trip to see them all! Top of my list right now are the ones in Southwest US.

    • Noel August 27, 2016 at 6:55 am #

      Those are great because you can easily do quite a few on a road trip. I did a tour which I also posted recently on and it was fantastic!

  12. Rhonda Albom August 25, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Your photos are stunning. The wide sweeping views and composition are excellent.

    • Noel August 25, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

      Thanks so much Rhonda for your wonderful comments, I really appreciate it!

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add