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Happy Centennial, NPS!

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This week the National Park Service celebrates its centennial!

To celebrate, every national park in the United States is free to enter from August 25 - 28... #heckyes.

Are you ready? Here are a few links to get you excited about your upcoming weekend trip. Because it's happening.

First, get inspired with Google's stunning, interactive discovery tool. I am obsessed. Explore the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, the Hawai'i Volcanoes, the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, Bryce Canyon in Utah, and the Dry Tortugas in Florida. Check it all out right here.

Discover our national parks!


Now that you have a serious case for wanderlust, let's figure out where you should go for the weekend! The NPS has a great map feature where you can search by name or zip code. Check it out right here.

And now for a little history. The mission of the NPS is to preserve "unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.”

In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln signed an act to transfer the federally-owned Yosemite Valley to California with the condition that the park would "be held for public use, resort, and recreation...inalienable for all time." Once Yellowstone was protected, Sequoia, Yosemite, Mount Rainier and Crater Lake soon followed.

On August 25, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill to create the National Park Service! Below are a few of my favorite historical photos of the parks, courtesy of National Geographic. Hope you enjoy!

Yellowstone National Park

Shoshone Canyon, Yellowstone, 1917


Glacier Point, Yosemite

Glacier Point, Yosemite, 1902


Sequoia Tree, Yosemite

Sequoia Tree, Yosemite, 1920


Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park, 1911 - 1920