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America's 58 National Parks

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Enjoy visiting all 58 of America's unparalleled National Parks with this amazing series; a feat that few of us would ever accomplish in a lifetime!

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  • Alaska: Denali

    Established in 1980, this National Park is located within interior Alaska and is centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America. At a height of 20,320 feet, its tallest peak looms regally over the Alaskan wilderness of alpine tundra, braided streams, glaciers, Wonder Lake and the only road that leads through the park, stretching for 92 magnificent miles.

    Length: 00:05:03
    Usage rights: 7/1/2015 to 6/30/2020
  • Alaska: Gates of the Arctic

    This park was established in 1980 and is the northernmost National Park in the United States. Annually, temperatures can drop to 70 degrees below zero during the winter and to a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Visitors may be surprised to discover that within the 800 million acres of this park that there are no roads or trails.

    Length: 00:02:56
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  • Alaska: Glacier Bay

    Established as a National Park in 1910, this park's location on the International border of the United States and Canada is what makes it stand out. Sharing over 100 million acres of land between the two countries, it has formed the world's first International Peace Park, Waterton Glacier, and is also the longest unguarded border on earth.

    Length: 00:06:09
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  • Alaska: Katmai

    Located on a peninsula in southern Alaska is this National Park, established in 1980. This area was named "The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes" in 1912 after volcano Novarupta's last major eruption left the land blanketed beneath 700 feet of pumice, ash and rock. Today, the park is flourishing, and is an important habitat for salmon and the brown bears.

    Length: 00:05:40
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  • Alaska: Kenai Fjords

    Located on the edge of the Kenai Peninsula, this National Park was established in 1980. It has over 40 glaciers, lush forest, sea lions, seals, thousands of birds and the largest puffin population in the world. The parks "crowning glory" is Harding Icefield which measures nearly 700 square miles in size and is one mile thick of solid ice.

    Length: 00:05:01
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  • Alaska: Kobuk Valley

    Located only 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle is this National Park, established in 1980. Despite the location, over 20,000 acres of the parks land is made up of sand dunes and temperatures here can rise to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Caribou will travel through these dunes during their migration season down to the river where they become game for the Eskimo, who are the only people permitted to hunt within the park.

    Length: 00:03:29
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  • Alaska: Lake Clark

    Established as a National Park in 1980, this park is located in the south western part of the state. It is often called the "Essence of Alaska" because it contains the very best all of the other parks have to offer; salmon streams, lakes, waterfalls, snow capped volcanoes, mountains, and tundra.

    Length: 00:04:13
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  • Alaska: Wrangell - St. Elias

    Established in 1980 and located in the south central edge of Alaska, this National Park is home to the tallest peak in North America, Mt. Saint Elias, at 18,008 feet. Rich with copper ore, this land, measuring over 13,000 million acres, was once home to the mining town of Kennecott, until it closed in 1938. Today, visitors to the park can visit the abandoned mines and homes of these settlers.

    Length: 00:06:03
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  • Badlands: Badlands, South Dakota

    The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world's richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park's 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

    Length: 00:06:22
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  • Badlands: Petrified Forest, Arizona

    Located in south eastern Utah is this Capitol Reef was established in 1971. The park extends nearly 100 miles and was named after a large collection of white domes and cliffs that resemble the United States Capitol Building. Running through the park is 65 million-year-old warp in the Earth's crust called the Waterpocket Fold, where petroglyphs and pictographs of ancient Indians can still be seen.

    Length: 00:04:45
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  • Badlands: Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota

    Located in the western part of the state, this park was named after President Theodore Roosevelt who came to visit this Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883. It became a place he often sought refuge and peace from life. His experiences here are what influenced the conservation policies that were later enacted during his time as President.

    Length: 00:04:44
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  • Canyon: Arches, Utah

    Located in eastern Utah on the Colorado River is Arches, established in 1971. Here there are over 2,000 naturally formed sandstone arches that rest atop a massive underground salt bed, which is responsible for their formation. The salt bed is all that remains of an evaporated sea that once flowed in this location over 300 million years ago.

    Length: 00:04:33
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  • Canyon: Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Utah

    Designated as a National Park in 1999, the towering cliffs of the Colorado terrain give this park its name, allowing only 33 minutes of sunlight each day into some parts of the canyon. Here, the tallest cliff is The Painted Wall because of the pink and white veins of granite and pegmatite that lace through its surface. From its base at the Gunnison River to its highest point, the wall stands at 2,250 feet, measuring taller than the Empire State Building.

    Length: 00:04:02
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  • Canyon: Bryce Canyon, Utah

    Located in southwestern Utah, this park was established in 1928 and is named after its first settler, Mormon Pioneer Ebenezer Bryce. Despite being called a 'canyon', this park is actually a collection of giant natural amphitheaters made up of forests of stone that feature thousands of hoodoos, or stone columns, spiraling up into the sky.

    Length: 00:03:34
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  • Canyon: Canyonlands, Utah

    Located in the southeastern corner of Utah, this land is home to the big-horned sheep which were hunted to near-extinction before becoming a National Park in 1964. Here, the Colorado and the Green Rivers run peacefully through the parks canyons, mesa and buttes until they meet, creating rumbling waves that are perfect for white water rafting.

    Length: 00:05:54
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  • Canyon: Capitol Reef, Utah

    Located in south eastern Utah is this Capitol Reef was established in 1971. The park extends nearly 100 miles and was named after a large collection of white domes and cliffs that resemble the United States Capitol Building. Running through the park is 65 million-year-old warp in the Earth's crust called the Waterpocket Fold, where petroglyphs and pictographs of ancient Indians can still be seen.

    Length: 00:05:31
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  • Canyon: Zion, Utah

    Created in 1919, this is the oldest National Park in the state of Utah. Zion Canyon is a 16 mile-long gorge that cuts through the massive sandstone cliffs of the park. Footprints left by dinosaurs and fossils from a prehistoric sea are reminders to visitors of what this land looked like over 250 million years ago.

    Length: 00:06:04
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  • Caves: Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

    Established in 1930, this National Park is located underground deep within the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico. It was a colony of bats that lead to the caverns original discovery in the late 19th century by a cowboy named Jim White. Today, visitors travel 750 feet below the earth's surface to explore the cavern's limestone caves that have formed over centuries by sulfuric acid. One cave called, "The Big Room", is large enough to hold six football fields

    Length: 00:05:52
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  • Caves: Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

    Established in 1941, this National Park is located in central Kentucky, and the majority of it lies below ground. With over 400 miles of passageway, this is the longest discovered cave system in the world. Visitors to the park enjoy climbing beneath the earth's surface to explore the cave's labyrinths, chambers, and subterranean river.

    Length: 00:05:16
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  • Caves: Wind Cave, South Dakota

    Located in the southwest corner of the state, this was the first cave ever to be established as a National Park in 1903. These caves are said to "breathe" and the whistling sounds the wind makes as it travels through the cave's 120 miles of maze-like underground chamber system are what lead to its accidental discovery by the Bingham brothers as they were hunting.

    Length: 00:03:51
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  • Desert: Big Bend, Texas

    Founded in June 1944, this park located in Southwest Texas, near the Mexican border. It is a protector to not only the largest area of the Chihuahuan Desert ecology and topography, but also to over 5,000 living species. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails through forests, grasslands, and can canoe on the Rio Grande River.

    Length: 00:06:59
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  • Desert: Death Valley

    Approved by Congress in 1994, this park is located on the lower east side of California. Over 3 million acres it is the largest park in the contiguous United States. This park is one of the hottest and driest places on the face of the earth. Captured by the Weather Bureau in 1913 at a blazing 134 degrees Fahrenheit, this location set the world record for the highest measured temperature, and is a record it still holds to this day.

    Length: 00:09:56
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  • Desert: Great Basin, Nevada

    Established in 1986, this park is located just 200 miles north of Las Vegas. Considered a 'desert park', it is actually known for the cold climate. This may be attributed to the Wheeler Peak Glacier, a remnant from the past dating back 12,000 years to the last Ice Age. The park is also home to the oldest bristlecone pine tree in the world, having over 5,000 rings.

    Length: 00:04:39
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  • Desert: Joshua Tree, California

    Located in southeast California, this park contains two deserts; the Mojave & the Colorado. The Mojave is the only place in the world where the parks namesake, the Joshua tree, can be found. Outdoor enthusiasts visiting this relatively young park established in 1995, enjoy camping, hiking, driving, birding and stargazing.

    Length: 00:05:11
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  • Desert: Saguaro, Arizona

    Located in the Sonoran Desert, surrounding two sides of the city of Tucson, the National Park was named after the famous Saguaro cactus. Congress elevated its status to a National Park in 1994. The park is home to other species of cacti, the barrel, cholla and prickly pear, as well as animals such as the Long -nosed Bat, the Harris Hawk and the Elf Owl.

    Length: 00:06:41
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  • Forest: Conagree, South Carolina

    Established in 2003, this National Park is located 20 miles away from the state's capitol. It features the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the country. Flowing through the park is the Congaree River, which floods the park up to ten times a year. Visitors enjoying the primeval forest landscapes of the bald Cyprus tree systems walk along a raised boardwalk while others enjoy a canoe ride down Cedar Creek underneath the overhanging canopy of the trees.

    Length: 00:03:31
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  • Forest: Redwood, California

    Located in northern California and occupying 40 miles of Pacific coastline is this National Park. This park is home to the tallest trees on earth, the Coastal Redwood which stands on average at 368 feet high. Nearly 90% of these unique trees had been destroyed before they became protected upon the parks establishment in 1968.

    Length: 00:06:46
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  • Forest: Sequoia & King's Canyon, California

    Sequoia National Park was established first in 1890 before it was joined by Kings Canyon in 1940. These two parks lay side by side in southern Sierra Nevada and are laced with rushing snow-fed waters and filled with groves of sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on Earth. Other natural wonders of the park include Mt. Whitney, Crystal Cave and Moro Rock.

    Length: 00:07:04
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  • Forest: Shenandoah, Virginia

    Located just 75 miles from Washington, D.C., this National Park, established in 1935, is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. This was home to the Monacans and Manhoacs until they were driven out by white miners and farmers. Generations later, abandoned, barren and depleted of nutrients, the land was purchased by the people of Virginia who presented it to the Government looking for the protection it soon received.

    Length: 00:07:18
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  • Grand Canyon

    One of The Seven Natural Wonders in the World, this park is located in Northern Arizona and was established in 1919. For centuries this canyon has been sculpted by erosion and shaped by the Colorado River, extending nearly 18 miles wide, 277 miles long, and one mile deep. In 1859, ignoring the warnings from his Native American friends that it couldn't be accomplished, John Wesley Powell was the first explorer to successfully venture the full length of the rivers canyon. Today, one of the most challenging adventures for visitors is the Bright Angel Trail Mule Ride, a two-day guided descent down into the base of the canyon. Other enjoyments are hiking, camping, rafting, ferry trips, swimming, and touring the ancient Hopi granaries and Kivas.

    Length: 00:28:41
    Usage rights: 7/1/2015 to 6/30/2020
  • Historic: Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio

    Established in 1974, this National Park is located halfway between the cities of Akron & Cleveland. Beginning in 1825 over 4,000 laborers worked to dig the Ohio & Erie Canal. This project not only linked the state of Ohio to the rest of the country, but opened trade routes to the rest of the world. Today, visitors enjoy the scenery of beautiful waterfalls, shapely hills, ravines and rolling flood plains while biking or hiking along one of the parks many trails.

    Length: 00:04:09
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  • Historic: Dry Tortugas, Florida

    Just 70 miles off the southwestern coast of Florida is this National Park. Established in 1935, this park measures 100 square miles of mostly open water and contains seven small islands. Despite the abundance of sea life, coral reefs and birds that are exclusive to this area, it is the historic Ft. Jefferson which draws the most interest. Construction of this fortress began in 1846 and was manned by Union Military during the Civil War. While it remains unfinished, today it is the oldest masonry American fort still standing.

    Length: 00:04:48
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  • Historic: Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Located 60 miles outside of the State Capitol of Little Rock is this small National Park, established in 1921. Over a million visitors per year come heal and relax in the 47 thermal springs that bubble out over 7,000 gallons of soothing, thermal water that is heated by the earth's core. First discovered by Native Americans, they believed these baths were sacred, warmed by the breath of the Gods. After being acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 the Native Americans were driven out as settlers began to move in, to what is the city of Hot Springs Arkansas.

    Length: 00:05:48
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  • Historic: Mesa Verde, Colorado

    This National Park was established in 1906 and is located in the southwest corner of Colorado, near the "Four Corners". This land is the best and largest archeological preserve of the Ancestral Puebloans who lived on this land between A.D 600 - A.D 1300. Visitors to this park can explore the Kivas, Pitt Houses, Pueblos, Masonry Towers and over 600 cliff dwellings that once belonged to these Native people.

    Length: 00:05:18
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  • Islands: American Samoa

    Located in the South Pacific of American Samoa, this National Park was established in 1988. This park shelters areas of three islands, protects coral reefs, tropical rainforest, fruit bats, and most importantly, the Samoan culture, to which family and land are held most sacred. These beliefs are supported by the U.S. Government, who instead of owning the park's land leases it from the Samoan people, allowing them to maintain full ownership.

    Length: 00:03:00
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  • Islands: Biscayne, Florida

    Established in 1980, this park is located just outside of Miami. Unlike other National Parks, it is 95% below water, allowing visitors to snorkel and scuba dive through fossilized barrier reefs of coral. Above water, explorers enjoy canoeing, sailing and 'bird watching' the thousands of costal species who take sanctuary along the shoreline.

    Length: 00:05:13
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  • Islands: Channel Islands, California

    Established in 1980, this National Park encompasses five of the eight Channel Islands in the Pacific Ocean located just off the coast of Santa Barbara. While relatively close to the main land, these islands are extremely isolated allowing them to remain virtually undeveloped. These conditions have created an ideal habitat for over 1,000 species of plants and animals found in the park, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

    Length: 00:05:19
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  • Islands: Virgin Islands

    Tucked away in the Caribbean Sea, this National Park, established in 1956, can be found on the smallest U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. During his second voyage, Christopher Columbus sailed upon this land and named it after the 11 Virgins of St. Ursula. Settlements soon built up and sugar cane was exported to New England and Europe. Today, the park is a popular vacation destination for scuba diving, sailing and snorkeling.

    Length: 00:04:11
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  • Lakes: Crater Lake, Oregon

    Located in southern Oregon and established in 1902, this park is not only the fifth oldest National Park in the United States, but is also the only park located in the state of Oregon. Centuries ago, following the collapse of a volcano that once stood here, a massive crater was formed. Thousands of years' worth of rain and snow collected, and created the deepest and bluest lake in North America referred to as "the lake of deep blue".

    Length: 00:05:25
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  • Lakes: Isle Royale, Michigan

    This National Park, located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior, is the largest island in the lake, stretching 45 miles long. Established in 1940, the island park, formed of volcanic rock, also includes approximately 400 smaller islands. The park is open from spring through fall and is only accessible by boat or float plane.

    Length: 00:06:45
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  • Lakes: Voyageurs, Minnesota

    Located in northern Minnesota, this National Park was established in 1975. The park's name commemorates the French-Canadian fur traders of the 1700's who occupied this land. These Voyageurs are known for their red knit caps and their stamina for canoeing between 14 to 16 hours a day. Today, park service guides dressed as Voyageurs lead visitors on canoe tours of the park's shoreline.

    Length: 00:05:15
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  • Mountain: Glacier, Montana

    Established as a National Park in 1910, this park's location on the International border of the United States and Canada is what makes it stand out. Sharing over 100 million acres of land between the two countries, it has formed the world's first International Peace Park, Waterton Glacier, and is also the longest unguarded border on earth.

    Length: 00:07:23
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  • Mountain: Grand Teton, Wyoming

    Designated in 1929, this park sits in the northwestern corner of Wyoming. A popular attraction for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike, visitors can explore deserted cabins, ranches and barns once belonging to the Mormon settlers of the 19th century. Adventurers enjoy white water rafting down the Snake River and cross country skiing during the winter.

    Length: 00:06:06
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  • Mountain: Great Sand Dunes

    Designated as a National Park in 2004, this park is located in the San Luis Valley, home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. Visitors enjoy sledding atop hills of sand, hiking, observing the diverse wildlife and enjoying the fresh water of the Medano Creek.

    Length: 00:05:44
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  • Mountain: Great Smoky Mountains

    Established in 1983 is this National Park is located in the Appalachian Mountain range and is unique in that it occupies the two states of Tennessee and North Carolina. This area was homeland to the Cherokee Indians until 1830 when they were re-located following the Indian Removal Act. Today, this National Park is home to over 17,000 documented species of plants, animals, and wildlife.

    Length: 00:08:19
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  • Mountain: Guadalupe Mountains, Texas

    Containing the highest elevation in the state at 8,749ft, this National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas. Established in 1972, this park offers a vast collection of rich Native American history that dates back nearly 10,000 years. Approximately 265 million years ago this region was once covered by a vast tropical sea that stretched 400 miles across the land.

    Length: 00:04:54
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  • Mountain: North Cascades, Washington

    Three hours northwest of Seattle and straddling the Canadian border sits the North Cascades, established in 1968. There are over 300 glaciers in this park, more than any other park in North America. Running through the park is the Cascade Mountain Range, which contains a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,663 mile stretch of land between Mexico and Canada, an ultimate adventure for experienced hikers.

    Length: 00:02:43
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  • Mountain: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

    The continental divide runs through this National Park, which was established in 1915. The character of the park on either side of the division is unique. To the east, the land is drier, with glaciated peaks and cirques, while the western side of the divide is wet and lush with dense forest. Binding these two different climates together are the Rocky Mountains.

    Length: 00:04:56
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  • Seashores: Acadia, Maine

    Established in 1916, this park is located in the state of Maine. The land was first discovered by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1604 when his ship crashed to shore. Over the years, the land became home to wealthy New Englanders who would eventually donate the land to the Government for protection.

    Length: 00:06:27
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  • Seashores: Everglades, Florida

    Located on the southern tip of Florida, this National Park was established in 1934 and is responsible for protecting 20% of the original Everglades. This sub-tropical world heritage site is often described as sanctuary by the nearly one million annual visitors to the park. It also is home to numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, the American crocodile and the rarely Florida panther.

    Length: 00:04:35
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  • Seashores: Olympic, Washington

    Established in 1938, this National Park, located in the northwest corner of Washington, is described as "three parks in one". The first section of the park occupies over 60 miles of rugged coastline along the Pacific Ocean. The second is the park's namesake Mt. Olympus. The third, and most surprising section of the park, is a humid rainforest which receives an average of 12 feet of rain annually, making it wettest place in the United States.

    Length: 00:05:46
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  • Volcanic: Haleakala

    This National Park was established on the island of Maui, also known as "The Valley Isle" in 1916. Located here is the dormant Haleakala Volcano which is estimated to have last erupted between 1480 and 1600AD. The volcanoes historic explosions created today's main feature, the Haleakala Crater, which measures nearly 7 miles across, 2 miles wide, and 2,600ft deep.

    Length: 00:04:13
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  • Volcanic: Hawaiian Volcanoes

    Established in 1961, this park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and is home to two active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The park features prehistoric petroglyphs, black lava tunnels, black sand beaches, vegetation and a variety of predator-free wildlife.

    Length: 00:08:18
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  • Volcanic: Mt. Rainier

    Located in Washington State, this National Park is named after the volcanic geographical centerpiece, Mt. Rainier, located within the Cascade Mountains. The park, established in March 1899, was the fifth National Park founded in the United States and has a Wonderland Trail, a 93-mile long hiking path, waterfalls and 200ft tall trees and fields of wildflowers.

    Length: 00:06:14
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  • Yellowstone

    Located primarily in the state of Wyoming, this National Park is so large is also extends into both Idaho and Montana. In 1872, it was established by Congress as the first National Park in the world. Marvel at the parks many scenic wonders. Experience the spectacular, wild beauty of Old Faithful, Yellowstone Lake, Hayden Valley and Yellowstone's Grand Canyon. Vast, beautiful and untamed, the rugged wilderness ignites the imagination like no other national park. Llama trekking, wolf-watching and geyser gazing are just a few of the out-of-the-ordinary activities enjoyed by visitors to the park.

    Length: 00:36:46
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  • Yosemite

    Located in east central California this National Park was established in 1890. The beauty of this land has been enjoyed by mankind for nearly 10,000 years starting with the first indigenous people the Ahwahneechee until the California Gold rush in the mid-19th century attracted white settlers from the East. Increasing competition between the natives and the settlers for the natural resources led to the Mariposa Wars. Major John Savage, leading the Mariposa Brigade through unknown land while pursuing Ahwahneechee forces, discovered what is today known as Yosemite Valley. The beauty of the park gained in popularity, drawing visitors such as Thomas Ayers, whose first sketches of the park's beauty only attracted more visitors. One such individual was explorer John Muir, who became a dedicated advocate for the parks protection against loggers and poachers. He found an ally in then-President Theodore Roosevelt, who famously spent a night swapping stories with Muir, eating game caught from the land and sleeping under the stars. This was the turning point the park needed finally becoming a National Park.

    Length: 00:28:30
    Usage rights: 7/1/2015 to 6/30/2020

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