Shedding Leaves And Beautiful Scenes: National Parks To Visit In The Fall

The best way people can witness the changing of seasons and color is to visit National Parks. These beautiful places offer spectacular scenery that are more than Instagram worthy. Here are some of the country’s best places to visit in the fall.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania

Valley Forge in Pennsylvania is just a short drive for those coming from Philadelphia. This place was where General Washington and his army stayed during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can learn more about the daily lives of those who lived in the 18th century, and they can see beautiful parklands and forests that are rich in color from October to late November.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This park has more than 300 square miles of heavily forested parkland. Shenandoah also boasts of beautiful oak and chestnut trees, poison ivies, and other beautiful flora species. Visit from mid-October to early November to witness its glory in the fall.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

This park houses a famous cave system, which is 400 square miles of underground caverns. Aboveground, its forests have oaks, gum trees, and dogwoods that shed colorful autumn leaves.

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park in Montana has beautiful fall foliage. Its alpine forests offer an unforgettable, breathtaking view. A lot of wildlife are out in the park during the fall, including grizzlies, eagles, and wolves.

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Top reasons to protect Biscayne National Park

One of the most popular places in Miami, Florida, is Biscayne National Park. Its area of close to 70,000 hectares has become a haven to some of the most beautiful aquatic plants and animals in the state. Not too many places in the United States would qualify as national parks, and Biscayne has a number of reasons to deserve this distinction.

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It has four distinct ecosystems to precede its reputation as a necessary natural habitat for sea life. In all of these, fossilized corals serve as an able reef bed to support a diverse community of about 500 species of fish and several hundred crustaceans.

The Biscayne waters are also known to be a special place for some visiting animals to breed before they proceed to their natural abodes outside of the territory. A particular inhabitant in the area is the manatee, whose appetite for seagrass makes Biscayne its favorite dwelling place.

When people come over to enjoy these natural wonders, they are also treated to one of the most breathtaking hikes, thanks to the length of Elliot Key. They might even opt to take a short stroll on the Jetty Trail, whose fringes are the perfect spot for picnics by the water.

With the park’s rustic air, many surprises are sure to keep coming. The area is also frequented by many of the most colorful birds and butterflies known to man.

It is only through a most memorable visit that one might appreciate why Biscayne has become a well-protected national park. Its entirety is a strong reminder that humans are not the only ones who have a right to live here on this planet.

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Trend Setter: Glacier National Park Sets Another Visitation Record For May 2016

Glacier National Park, one of the country’s representative parks, has reached another record-breaking number of tourists for May 2016. The park opened its doors to 178,218 visitors, which was 32 percent more than its record in May of the previous year.

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2016 marks the centennial year of the United States National Parks Service. The year-long celebration features different programs for its visitors. Because of this milestone, more and more parks are anticipating well-wishers from around the world. The park has seen 2.36 million visitors in the previous year despite the two-week closure of Going-to-the-Sun Road due to an active fire.

The park usually gets the most visitors in summer, in the months of July and August. During peak season, visitors are advised to reserve their activity and lodging ahead of time. Visitors are also encouraged to use free park shuttles, which will be operational on July 1, to avoid road congestion.

Many visitors enter through the entrance at West Glacier. While the GTSR is open for vehicles, some roads can only be reached by foot or bicycle. The Big Drift area is also not recommended for travelers at this time.

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The U.S. National Parks: The Quainter And More Picturesque Side Of America

There was a time in American history when nature was viewed as a place that had to be conquered and pillaged. The people of yesteryears wanted to either extract from it raw materials to be used for industry or be transformed into built-up areas where people can establish sprawling settlements. However, the end of the 19th century marked a radical change in perspective. Rapid industrialization took a toll on the natural environment and environmentalists became more active in campaigning for the preservation of Mother Nature. In 1832, artist George Catlin had a dream of the creation of a park where man, animals, and plants live in profound harmony. A few decades later, Catlin’s dream was realized when the first national park, the Yellowstone National Park, was established.

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Another landmark in the history of national parks was during 1903 when naturalist John Muir made a proposition to Theodore Roosevelt to go on a camping trip with him in Yosemite. Three years later, the Yosemite National Park was placed under the full control of the federal government.

During 1906, the Antiquities Act was passed which stated that the president has the authority to set aside historically significant landmarks that already existed in public lands. As such, Roosevelt immediately proclaimed Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower as the first ever national monument. However, the national parks were still under a bureaucratic mess for the next 40 years since many different departments supervised them. The National Park Service was then created in 1916 to fix the dilemma. After three decades, President Lyndon B. Johnson then sought to create more accessible national parks for the people. Since then, the National Park Service System has grown immensely. The rest, as they say, is history.

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