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Photo Gallery: Celebrating National Parks Week

Posted On April 17, 2016 at 10:06 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: Celebrating National Parks Week

By Michael Lanza

This is National Parks Week, a good time to contemplate the writer and historian Wallace Stegner’s famous quote: “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Are you planning to visit a national park this week or this year? Here’s a gallery of photos from several parks I’ve visited (including Olympic, photo above) to offer a little inspiration.

You’ll find stories, photos, videos, and trip-planning tips and information at The Big Outside about adventures in many national parks, and I’m planning to post more parks stories in the coming weeks and months.

See a gallery of photos from (almost) every national park I’ve visited, and a menu of all of my stories about parks at my All National Parks Trips sub-page at my All Trips page.

If you’re not visiting a park this week, celebrate National Parks Week by starting the planning now for your next park trip. After all, life’s too short to not visit at least one national park every year.

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Hiking above Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park.
Tourists and General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.
Piegan Pass Trail, Glacier National Park.
City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho.
Black bear, Olympic National Park.
Below Tricouni Peak, North Cascades National Park.
Backpacker in The Narrows, Zion.
Me atop Mount Hoffman, Yosemite National Park.
Above Squaw Canyon, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park.
Northern Bailey Range, Mount Olympus in background, Olympic National Park.
Tonto Trail at Salt Creek, Grand Canyon.
Garnet Canyon, Grand Teton National Park.


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