Our national parks host millions of people a year, sustain countless species, and safeguard some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet. They preserve natural and cultural resources “for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” Here’s how to make the most of your next national parks trip.

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These are the 10 most popular national parks
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Why national parks accessibility matters
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Beautiful photos of all 61 U.S. national parks
Wolves are making a comeback. Here’s where to see them
Wolves are making a comeback. Here’s where to see them
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Nostalgic Photos of Tourists in U.S. National Parks
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Saguaro National Park offers more than famous cacti
Saguaro National Park offers more than famous cacti
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What timber tourism can teach kids about trees
Golden hour dazzles at these 10 national parks
Golden hour dazzles at these 10 national parks
More than a quarter of this national park is covered by glaciers
More than a quarter of this national park is covered by glaciers
Watch glowworms illuminate this national landmark
Watch glowworms illuminate this national landmark
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Explore the 10 best beaches in U.S. national parks
Explore the 10 best beaches in U.S. national parks
The 10 Best Island Getaways in National Parks
The 10 Best Island Getaways in National Parks
Golden hour dazzles at these 10 national parks
Golden hour dazzles at these 10 national parks
Explore 10 amazing river trips in North American parks
Explore 10 amazing river trips in North American parks
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Top 10 sweeping views of iconic parks
These historic lodges are the perfect way to see North America’s wild parks
These historic lodges are the perfect way to see North America’s wild parks
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4 of the Best Wheelchair-Accessible Trails in U.S. National Parks
Top 10 wildlife encounters in parks
Top 10 wildlife encounters in parks
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Everything you need to know about Acadia National Park
Everything you need to know about Acadia National Park
Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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How can the U.S. National Parks attract more minority visitors? America's national parks were created as free spaces for all to enjoy, but in both visitors and employees, they have struggled with diversity. A poll done by the National Parks Service in 2008-2009 found that 78% of visitors were white, even though they comprise only 63.7% of the U.S. population. Grassroots organizations like African American National Parks Event are now trying to help diversify the parks by encouraging minorities to get out and enjoy the spaces.

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