Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

by Sandra Merville Hart Shenandoah National Park, established in 1935, is visited by over 1,000,000 each year. Just 75 miles from Washington D.C., President Herbert Hoover kept a vacation home in Rapidan Camp while in office from 1929 to 1933. Spectacular views of cascading waterfalls, the Shenandoah River, and rolling hills are found in 75 overlooks in the park. Four campgrounds, a lodge, and rustic cabins give visitors a variety of options to spend a few days enjoying the beauty of nature. The only public road in the park is Skyline Drive, a 105 mile drive along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The winding hills make this a challenging bike ride, but the rangers suggest those riding bikes starting before 10 am to avoid high volumes of traffic. If your family likes to...

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

If your family is planning a vacation to Arizona, one of the most beautiful parks in our country is located there. The Colorado River carved out a canyon 277 miles long and 18 miles wide that is called Grand Canyon National Park. When Theodore Roosevelt stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon in 1903, the sight filled him with awe.  He said, “It is beyond comparison — beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world.” One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World The park was established in 1919 and 5,000,000 people visit it every year. It’s known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The beautiful colors of Grand Canyon were captured in these photos. Ride a mule to see the Grand Canyon There are many ways to...

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