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America's most patriotic national parks

By: Josh Lew on July 2, 2012, 5:48 p.m.
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Living history

America's National Park Service oversees an array of parks, forests and conservation areas, plus a number of historic sites. Travelers who want to inject a little history into their summertime adventures will find plenty of options in national parks. These sites are all connected to America's past and stand as important relics of the nation’s history.

In many national and historic parks, visitors will find physical representations of the narrative of the United States. These range from sites that contain remnants of pre-Colombian societies to the battlefields of Revolutionary War, and from the early days of North American exploration to the birth of the modern conservation movement. Nature lovers, history buffs and even those with just a passing curiosity, will find themselves enthralled with these historic places.

Want to come face to face with the history of the United States? Here’s where to look.