on Wikipedia that today is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which was created on August 25, 2016.
So it made me think about the National Parks I've visited over the years.
I'm much more an urban traveler, but have gotten to some great National Parks over the years, including in other countries.
Focusing on just the U.S., I wondered if I'd been to 11, but if counting official National Parks--of which there are 59--and not National Monuments, National Historical Parks and other entities under the NPS, I seem to have only visited 8.
So I had to include a few of the other types of protected areas to round out my list.
(See the full list of areas under the domain of the U.S. National Park Service here.)
1. Bryce Canyon, Utah
2. Badlands, South Dakota
3. Grand Canyon, Arizona
4. Rocky Mountain, Colorado
5. Zion, Utah
6. Olympic, Washington
7. Petrified Forest, Arizona
8. Redwood, California
9. Devil's Tower National Monument, Wyoming
10. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Ohio
11. Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
Statue of Liberty National Monument / Ellis Island, New York