12 Day Series on U.S. National Parks

Last Updated on December 28, 2020 by Janet Frost

12 Days of National Parks

As my faithful readers, you know that I have relocated to Tucson, AZ in the lovely Sonoran Desert. 2019 has been a year of exploring the Southwest in general and the state of Arizona specifically. This region is packed with National Parks. I have loved exploring the Parks, and thought you would enjoy some interesting facts and tips about the National Park Service: America’s Best Idea.

National Park Service

12 Days of National Parks
12 Days of National Parks 2019 National Parks Pass

The National Park Service was created in 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. Its mission statement is:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. 


At the end of 2019, the NPS maintains and preserves 419 “parks” comprised of 19 different designations. Such park designations as National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Memorials, National Lakeshores and of course National Parks. The most well known parks are the 61 National Parks spread over 27 states and the Virgin Islands. The NPS offers an explanation of their designating/naming process on the website.

12 Day Series

Hopefully, as we spend the next 12 days learning about the National Parks Service, you will discover some spots to add to your 2020 bucket lists.

Day 1 Top 5 Most Popular National Parks

Day 2 U.S. States with the Most National Parks

Day 3 UNESCO Designated National Parks

Day 4 Urban National Parks

Day 5 National Historic Sites

Day 6 National Monuments

Day 7 National Historic Trails

Day 8 National Scenic Trails

Day 9 Dark Sky National Parks

Day 10 National Lakeshores and Riverways

Day 11 National Forests

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