Visit The National Park System

There are 408 parks in the National Park System, There will be free admission all of them on Tuesday to celebrate the National Park systems 99th year in existence.  For retirees, however, you can still gain lifetime admission for a mere ten dollars. Gail and I purchased our lifetime passes yesterday as part of our vacation retirement plan?   Still the best twenty bucks you can spend on retirement! We weer visiting the National Park at Yorktown Virginia, where the final battle of the revolutionary war took place.  The National Park system of over 400 parks thought out the country can make a great start on your retirement travel plans.

8 Gorgeous National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

nationak parksRecently the National Geographic, in celebration of the 99th birthday of the National Parks, ran an special edition on the the 8 Georgeous National Parks You’ve Never Heard of.

 

 

 

Smallest National Park in the USA

America’s largest national park is in Alaska. Covering 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is larger than Switzerland.

At the other extreme, America’s smallest national park takes up only a few square yards in Beachwood, Ohio, a smallest national parksuburb of Cleveland. The David Berger National Memorial consists of a sculpture on the grounds of the Mandel Jewish Community Center. That’s it.

The sculpture, by David E. Davis, is known as the Berger National Memorial. It remembers David Berger, a weightlifter with dual US-Israel citizenship, who was one of the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Eight Cleveland families, all friends of Berger’s parents, commissioned and paid for the sculpture. It rests on a base of 11 segments representing the athletes who died, one of which is slightly different than the other ten. Resting on the base are five Olympic Rings broken in half. The rings are bent to varying degrees, and the central rings reach for the sky in hope for the future.

 

The Oldest National Park

yosemite-falls-100615-ls-ffBefore the USA had been in around for 100 years, it had a national park.

In 1872, telephones and radios had not been invented, yet Yellowstone National Park — the first of its kind in the world —was carved out of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to preserve and protect the outdoors.

Along with Yosemite National Park, which turns 120 years old today(Oct. 1), these two iconic American spaces inspired an act of Congress that gave birth to the National Park Service, which hosted nearly 63 million visitors across all of the nation’s parks last year. These earliest parks were set aside during a daring era of exploration, and while they are well charted today, not all of their mysterious features have been explained

 

Please put travelling to the National Park System into your retirement plan, you will be glad you did!

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