U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

U.S. National Park Service Hits Century Mark

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As summer 2015 draws to an official close, kids are back in school, adults are back at work.

Before long, rain and snow will begin to fall across the U.S.

Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas and New Year’s holidays are coming up soon.

But what most Americans probably aren’t thinking about is an important historical event that will take place next year: On August 25, 2016, the U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Some of the parks themselves pre-date the creation of the National Park Service.

Yellowstone was established in 1872. Abraham Lincoln signed legislation in 1864 that led to Yosemite becoming a state park. And in 1890, it joined Yellowstone as a national park.

But while dreams of backpacking, camping, hiking, or just loafing in the woods next summer are probably buried in the back of your mind, the fall season is the perfect time to be planning your 2016 visit to what documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, called “America’s Best Idea.”

Last January, I pointed out that if you had hoped to stay in one of the major U.S. national parks anytime from spring through fall of 2015 you might already be out of luck.

So in that story, I passed along some tips for getting “in the door” at those perennially popular tourist destinations.

And the following month, I told you how to use federal lands passes to save money on your visit.

Thinking of giving U.S. parks a “pass” next year and heading instead to Canada’s Rocky Mountain National Parks?

Here’s my advice on taking a trip to that scenic part of North America which, like its counterpart in the Western U.S., has limited accommodations and an abundance of summer visitors.

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