Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

If your family is planning a vacation to North Dakota, consider adding a visit to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Three very different sections in the park The park was first established as a memorial park in 1947 and renamed as a national park in 1978. Three completely different sections make up the park: the North Unit is near Watford City; The South Unit is near Medora; and Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch sits in the middle. The Maah Daah Hey Trail All three sections are connected by the Maah Daah Hey Trail, which in the Mandan Indian language means “an area that will be around for a long time.” This trail is 101 miles long. It connects with seven campgrounds. If you walk the trail, you may see horseback riders, hikers, and bicycle riders. Teddy...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  The most visited park in the United States every year is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Part of this park is in Tennessee; the rest is located in North Carolina. The park was established in 1934 and has about 9,500,000 visitors every year. The park is considered the “Salamander Capital of the World.” The beautiful forest and over 2,000 miles of streams invite families to enjoy camping and hiking in the park. Those interested in fishing can try to catch brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout in the fishable streams inside the park. There are many horse trails for horseback riding. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in the park. For an adventure hike, The Alum Cave Trail and Rocky Top are good choices. Pretty waterfall hikes...

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Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument has a treasure for everyone who loves the big animals that lived in Utah so long ago. Visitors can see dinosaur remains embedded in rocks. Quarry Exhibit Hall   A wall containing about 1,500 dinosaur bones, located in Quarry Exhibit Hall, fascinates all visitors. Fossils of several different dinosaurs are embedded in the wall. See the bones of an Allosaurus, who stood about as tall as a giraffe on powerful hind legs. See fossils of a Stegosaurus. These animals grew about the size of an elephant with a double row of bony plates down its back. Gaze at the stars Stay at the monument until evening when the stars come out. Because it’s one of the darkest places in the United States, tourists can clearly see stars of the Milky Way. A...

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park may be the world’s most famous park, but it is definitely the oldest national park. It was established in 1872. 96% of the park is in Wyoming; the rest is in Idaho and Montana. Over 300 geysers and hot springs Yellowstone National Park is larger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Over 3,600,000 visitors come every year to see over 300 geysers and hot springs. In fact there are more geysers and hot springs in the park than anywhere else on earth. Old Faithful The most famous geyser is Old Faithful, which erupts at intervals of 60 to 110 minutes. The geyser reaches a height of 106 to 184 feet and the eruptions last from one and half minutes to five minutes. Have your camera ready to snap an impressive photo like the one from...

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