59 Best National Parks In USA To Visit Once In Lifetime

The United States has 59 protected areas known as national parks, which are operated by the National Park Service, an agency of the Department of the Interior. National parks must be established by an act of the United States Congress. The first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872, followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875 (decommissioned in 1895), and then Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890. The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Many current National Parks had been previously protected as National Monuments by the President under the Antiquities Act before being upgraded by Congress. Seven national parks (six in Alaska) are paired with a National Preserve. While administered together, they are considered as separate units and their areas are not included in the figures below. The newest national park is Pinnacles National Park, upgraded in 2013.

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1. Wrangell –St. Elias National Park, Alaska

Wrangell –St. Elias National Park, Alaska source
Wrangell –St. Elias National Park, Alaska
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Wrangell –St. Elias National Park, Alaska source

2. Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Alaska

Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Alaska
Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Alaska source

3. Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park, Alaska
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Denali National Park, Alaska source

4. Katmai National Park, Alaska

Katmai National Park, Alaska
Katmai National Park, Alaska source

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5. Death Valley National Park, California, Nevada

Death Valley National Park, California, Nevada
Death Valley National Park, California, Nevada source
Death Valley National Park, California, Nevada source

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