Today marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service (NPS) in legislation signed in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson. Happy birthday to the NPS and to our parks! Everyone is celebrating including the US Postal Service with a special set of commemorative stamps.
More than 400 sites in the National Park System host millions of people every year –day trippers, campers, visitors from abroad who enjoy the monuments, seashores, scenic rivers, urban parks, historic properties and national parks. Here’s a complete list of the parks, state by state.
The beauty of the West inspired some of America’s greatest artists — painters from the Hudson River School — to produce grand, dramatic landscapes like the one below by Albert Bierstadt.
We all have our favorite moments at America’s national parks and monuments
Proud to have so many places that Americans and people worldwide can enjoy for the the excitement (Old Faithful), serene places, exuberant wildlife, and historic assets of our nation. Happy Birthday to NPS –and a big thank you to John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt), and countless advocates for our natural and scenic heritage.