National Park Service Jewels

MaryAnneSimpsonStarred Page By MaryAnneSimpson, 19th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Most everyone has heard of Glacier and Yellowstone National Park. There are some jewels in the United States National Park Service on the roads less traveled.


The National Park Service has a complete list of all national parks. Most people are familiar with Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier national parks. President Theodore Roosevelt's inspiration for the national park system took place off a dusty road in North Dakota. The Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, North Dakota serves as an example of rugged beauty and the intrinsic value of other reserved ecological wonders that make up the U.S. National Park Service.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located near Montana and North Dakota on Interstate 94. A parking area is located on a crest of the expansive 29, 200 acres of rugged and rocky wilderness area. The panoramic view of oddly shaped rock formations and harsh valley floor appears more like a scene from the Moon. The North Dakota badlands reveal on closer inspection an abundance of wildlife. The park is home to wild horses, bison, white-tail and mule deer, eagles and more than 186 bird species. Spring and early autumn visits are advised. The summer season is very hot and during the winter temperatures plummet to below zero.

Cape Disappointment National Park

Cape Disappointment is home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center located on a cliff overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River and the expansive Pacific Ocean. The word breathtaking comes to mind in describing the panoramic view of ocean, rocky cliffs, wild flowers, lighthouse and birds nesting in the cliffs below. The park offers visitors 27-miles of ocean, marshlands, hiking trails and tide pools to explore. The Lewis and Clark Center offers visitors a factual and interesting history of the history of this gem in the Northwest. Summer is the best time to visit the area for a clear and unobstructed view.

Channel Islands National Park

The Channel Islands include Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara Islands. The Robert Lagomarsino Visitor Center for the Channel Islands is located in Ventura, California. There is a great deal to do in the vicinity of the visitor center. The Channel Island adventure isn't complete unless visitors charter a public boat or a sea plane to visit each of the islands. Private boats may dock at all five islands. Each of the islands offer hiking, beautiful scenery and abundant bird life. Visitors may catch a glimpse of the island fox or migrating whales during various times of the year. Planning a visit to the Channel Islands is mandatory due to the necessity for booking boat transportation.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Roosevelt Campobello Park was the favorite get-away destination for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As a child his family enjoyed summer on Campobello Island. While the island is technically in Canada, both the United States and Canada jointly fund the park. Visitors will find a natural wonderland. Marshlands, water fowl, sea lions, wildflowers and a crisp fragrance of wooded forests in the air. The smells are unforgettable. Hiking trails offer an opportunity to observe migrating whale from Liberty Point and wildlife along the trails. The Edmund S. Muskie Visitor Center is operated by the National Park Service. Visitors will enjoy FDR stories and visual presentations and guided tours of the Roosevelt cottages and lighthouses will bring lasting memories. The island is East of Bangor, Maine and visitors are required to clear Canadian Customs after passing over the FDR Memorial Bridge in Lubec.

Resources: National Park Service
National Park Service: Channel Islands


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author avatar Patrice Campbell
19th Jul 2010 (#)

Great article.

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author avatar Retired
20th Jul 2010 (#)

ow, some great places to go, and really I didn't know about any of them!

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author avatar Retired
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

Hi-my favorite subject,but I am so sad that I can't upload more than one pic per article here, or can I?being new one here I am not sure about that,may be you can guide.

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