Until recently, I believed that the national parks were only in the United States. The truth is national parks are part of nearly every countries strategy to preserve the natural landscape and wildlife. Here in the United States the National Park Service runs the 58 protected areas. Some of the most visited parks are Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
National Parks As Part Of Your Travel Plans
Whenever I plan on going to another country or a trip within the U.S. I always look for an opportunity to visit the national parks. The first reason why is because a smart traveler is not only looking for good deals, but they are also looking for the most scenic destinations in the world. You will definitely find that this preserved area was chosen for the beauty that it possesses. It will bring you back to what the world was like before humans decided to take over every square inch of land to build something on it.
Entrance fees into the parks is generally very affordable. If you are a disabled vet or citizen, check into getting an America the Beautiful pass which gets you into the park for free. The key to having a successful visit is to get some of the research done early. Go to the nps.gov website to see the weather conditions and if any of the roads or trails are closed. They also have an event calendar there, usually highlighting special programs and narrated hikes.
Practice Good Stewardship
Visiting the national parks is a great opportunity for you to teach your children about being good stewards of the earth and resources that we have. We need to leave this world in pristine condition for them and their children. Nature has a huge impact on the way we interact with each other every day. It teaches us every lesson that we could possibly learn. Some tips on making the parks a better place:
- If you find trash on the ground please pick it up
- Remember that other people are there to enjoy peace and nature so limit the cell phone calls and don’t use the speaker phone or stereo to broadcast your music.
- Bring water and food (it’s cheaper than buying in the park)
- Remember to clean up your trash and put in the appropriate bins.
The national parks are a testament to the hard work that our earlier ancestors did to establish an area that we can enjoy apart from the hustle of city or industrialized lands. We have a duty to preserve this area for generations to come.