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A tour of America's national parks

By: Catie Leary on Dec. 18, 2009, 10:53 a.m.
Merced River in Yosemite National Park

Photo: Yosemite National Park by chucklepix/Flickr

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Nature at its finest

The U.S. National Park Service manages nearly 400 national parks that serve more than 275 million visitors a year.


A desire to get back to nature, to reconnect with the past and to explore all the amazing extremes of American geography — these are just a few of the reasons why these green spaces are an important part of our cultural fabric.


Take this visual tour of America's most popular parks, and then discover additional parks with our parks project, an ongoing exploration of parks — from national monuments to state and local gems.