16 Parks to Celebrate USA's National Park Centenary

Hiking through the iconic Grand Canyon | Jake Hutchins
Hiking through the iconic Grand Canyon | Jake Hutchins

On 25 August 1916, USA President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service

“to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations”.

One hundred years later, the 84-million-plus-acre National Park Service of the United States comprises 409 sites, including 58 national and historical parks, monuments, battlefields, and seashore. Two years ago, almost 293 million people visited them. With such a large surface and natural treasures of these parks it’s no wonder that the USA National Parks Service decided their parks need a celebration in this centenary year!

2016 Marks 100 Years of USA National Parks Service

The opening event of the centennial took place on 1 January with the enormous Tournament of Roses Parade winding through the streets of Pasadena in Los Angeles. But there’s more. The USA national parks are organising clean-ups, photography exhibits, special days for kids and much more. To join in the celebrations, here’s an overview of our 16 favourite American national parks (in no particular order):


16 USA National Parks

1. Rocky Mountain NP, Colorado

2. Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park USA

3. Kenai Fjords NP, Alaska

Kenai Fjords Alaska National Park USA

4. Denali NP, Alaska

Alaska Denali National Park USA

5. Volcanoes NP, Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park USA

6. Zion NP, Utah

Zion National Park USA

7. John Muir Trail, California

Jon Muir Trail Yosemite National Park USA

8. Bryce Canyon NP, Utah

9. Yellowstone NP, Wyoming

Yellow Stone National Park USA

10.  Yosemite NP, California

11. Death Valley NP, California

Death Valley National Park USA

12. Grand Teton NP, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park USA

13. Mesa Verde NP, Colorado

14. Wrangell St Elias NP, Alaska

Alaska Wrangell St Elias National Park USA

15. Arches NP, Utah

16. Haleakala NP, Hawaii


Curious to know which of these American national parks you can visit with World Expeditions this year? Have a look at the USA page on our website for the full overview or contact one of our adventure travel experts.

National Parks, North America, USA

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