One hundred years ago this year, the National Park System was established.
Sure, there were already quite a few national parks and monuments, but it was this moment in which they were brought together under a single management philosophy, a single land managing agency, and become a system of protected lands.
National Parks have played an incredibly important role in my life. I’ve only taken a handful of vacations to places other than national parks. And they contain my most favorite places and are home to some of my most cherished memories. I got engaged, married, and—later—divorced in national parks; needless to say, I care deeply about them.
Last week, the National Park Service concluded its National Park Week. I’ve decided to take that celebration one step further—and embark on what I’m calling #MyNationalParksMonth.
Basecamping out of the Washington, DC area—and with weekend trips to Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia—I’m planning to visit more than two dozen units of the National Parks System over the next few weeks. It’s a month-long personal celebration of the national parks, spent doing what I enjoy most: visiting new national park units.
Follow along on:
- twitter at @rscottjones (and #mynationalparksmonth)
- snapchat at rscottjones.com for a stream of snaps
- instagram at rscottjones for occasional photos
Here’s a map of the remaining national park units I have yet to visit (I’m currently at 296 out of 411). For this trip, I’m focusing on parks between NYC and Washington DC, with some others near Boston; also, only red pins are unvisited national park units. I’d love to mark off at least 25 on this trip—nearly half of what I have remaining in the Northeast.