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Home Travel Guide Travel Guide Topics National Parks Discover our National Parks

Discover our National Parks

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Discover our National Parks
... an experience you and your family won’t want to miss.

Assateague Island National Seashore Berlin, Maryland  
    This 37-mile-long barrier island off Maryland and Virginia is home to nearly 300 bird species such as snow geese, sandpipers, herons, osprey, pelicans and bald eagles. They live among the sand beaches, sand dunes, loblolly pine woodlands and salt marshes.  But the special residents of the island are its wild horses; two herds of 150 each roam the park in smaller bands.  Adapting to the unique saltwater environment, the pony sized horses live mostly on marsh cord and beach grasses.  
    Activities: Hiking, backpacking, biking, wildlife watching, bayside canoeing, ocean swimming, crabbing, clamming, surf fishing, hunt-ing, off road vehicles, wayside ex-hibits, self guided trails, and educational programs.  Visitor Centers. Entrance fee.  
    Camping: Two developed campgrounds; backcountry campsites with permit.
    More Information: 410-641-1441

Virgin Islands National Park St. John, Virgin Islands  
    Hike among some 800 subtropical plant species--from desert to mangrove swamps; sight more than 100 bird species--from laughing gulls to green throated carib humming birds; snorkel the reefs of coral teeming with colorful marine life; stroll along white powdery beaches; take in breath-taking views like the turquoise waters of Trunk Bay; and visit the historical Arawak Indian petroglyphs, the Danish colonial sugar plantation of Anna-berg and see the influences of former African slavery.
    Activities: Hiking, swimming, wildlife watching, snorkeling, self-guided snorkeling trails.  Visitor Center.  No entrance fee.
    Camping: Cinnamon Bay campground offers cottages, tents and bare campsites; Maho Bay camp offers tent-cottages.
    More Information: 340-776-6201

Voyageurs National Park International Falls, Minnesota
    On over 200,000 acres of Minnesota’s northernmost border are more than 30 glacier carved lakes linked by narrow waterways which finger their way around some 900 boreal forested islands and numerous bogs and swamps.  A large part of the park is accessible only by water providing a safer haven for an abundance of wildlife.  You can fish for walleye, bass, and northern pike; hear the cry of the loon and howl of the timber wolf; view nesting bald eagles and catch sightings of black bear, beaver, and moose from the numerous road and water accessible trails throughout the park.
    Activities: Hiking, backpacking, wildlife watching, swimming, boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and winter camping. Guided nature walks and canoe trips, and educational programs.  Water taxis are available.  Visitor Centers.  No Entrance fee.
    Camping:  Hike-in and boat-in backcountry campsites. No permit required. Private developed campsites nearby.  Houseboats, canoes, and motorboats available for rent.  
    More Information: 218-283-9821

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Carlsbad, New Mexico
     Some 250 million years ago and in what is now southeastern New Mexico lay an inland sea with a limestone reef.  The sea withdrew, the ground uplifted, and the cracks in the limestone reef filled with acidic waters dissolving the limestone and creating spectacular caves and underground formations. There are 86 known caves, of which, one is the nation’s deepest at 1,567 ft; another is third long-est at some 20 miles.  Also walk through the world’s largest underground chamber--14 acres with a ceiling 250 feet high!  See limestone formations from the tiny and delicate to a towering 6 stories high!  On summer evenings see an amazing natural event as a half million Mexican free-tailed bats swarm from the entrance of the cave in search of insects.
    Activities: Hiking, backpacking, wildlife watching, picnicking, self-guided cave tours with the Cavern Audio Guide, ranger-guided cave tours, audio-visual programs, talks, hikes and demonstrations, nature trails and backcountry trails.  Eve-ning bat flight programs.  Visitor Center. Entrance fee.
    Camping: Backcountry camping only. Permits required. Private camping nearby at Whites City Resort.  Lincoln National Forest 20 miles away offers a variety of developed campsites.
    More Information: 505-785-2232

Denali National Park and Preserve Denali Park, Alaska

     In south-central Alaska a sub-arctic ecosystem offers spectacular landscapes of glacier covered peaks like the towering Mt. McKinley, forests of spruce and aspen, and densely covered slopes of dwarf birch and willow thicket.  Valleys of mosses are dotted with colorful wildflowers and berries as glacial rivers braid their way through this beautiful, yet often harsh land.  Visitors marvel at the wildlife--you’ll often see grizzly bear, caribou, Dall sheep, moose, gray wolves, red fox, lynx, porcupines, snowshoe hares, arctic ground squirrels, golden eagles, and loons.  Although you can drive the first 14 miles into the park, the next 90 miles is
limited to shuttle and tour buses.  Varying schedules and trip lengths are offered.   
    Activities: Day hiking, wildlife watching, backcountry camping,  some fishing, mountaineering, rafting, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, ranger-led activities, nature hikes, children’s programs, narrated bus tours.  Visitor Centers.  Entrance fee.  Advanced reservations for tour bus and camping recommended.
    Camping: Seven developed campgrounds--3 open to vehicles and one to hikers; and 3 are shuttle bus accessible only.  Backcountry camping. Permit required.
    More Information: 907-683-2294

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park West Glacier, Montana/Waterton Park, Alberta, Canada
    In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta and Glacier Nation-al Park in the U.S. were combined into the world’s first international park.  The spectacular park is comprised of more than 1 million acres of dramatically sculpted sedimentary formations, breathtaking glacier covered summits, cedar forested valleys, some 600 glacier carved lakes, rushing streams and plummeting waterfalls.  All this supports the largest intact eco-system in North America.  Visitors find more than 1,000 species of plants, from thick forests of ponderosa pine to glacier lily covered meadows; also spot some 260 native species of wildlife such as elk, bighorn sheep, white mountain goat, grizzly bear, beaver, bald and golden eagles, woodpeckers, and mountain bluebirds.  Enjoy more than 700 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. Roads throughout the park provide ample views from the car.  
    Activities: Hiking, biking, picnic-ing, swimming, wildlife watching, boating, fishing horseback riding, climbing, golf, cross-country skiing, car tours, canoe tours,  backpacking, self-guided hikes, naturalist-led activities, campfire programs.  Visitor Centers.  Entrance fee.
    Camping: Ten developed campgrounds (no hookups) in Glacier and 3 developed in Waterton. Backcountry with permit.  Backcountry chalets available.
    More Information: 406-888-7800


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