U.S. Parks

Flower-filled meadow leading to rolling hills in Yosemite National Park (© AP Images)

California’s Yosemite National Park gets even bigger

With its largest expansion in nearly 70 years, Yosemite National Park gains wetlands, meadows and rolling hills that are a haven for endangered species.

Sanctuaries save the creatures of the sea

Marine sanctuaries protect nature while allowing people to use the waters sustainably. On World Ocean Day, read about U.S. marine sanctuaries.
A bushy undersea sponge (NOAA via AP Images)

The U.S. now has world’s largest marine protected area

President Obama has expanded a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating a safe zone for tuna, sea turtles and thousands of other species.
President Obama with virtual reality goggles (White House / Pete Souza)

Experience Yosemite in virtual reality with President Obama

President Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality with a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park.
Aerial view of grassy area and fountain, with park logo and the number 100 in center (© AP Images)

National Park Service creates ‘living emblem’ in Washington

The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday with a living emblem made by people holding umbrellas in its colors on Washington's National Mall.
Man standing on boulder in wilderness (© AP Images)

Family’s present for National Park Service’s 100th: Terrain in Maine

In celebration of its centennial, the National Park Service received 35,000 hectares of land in Maine from a private donor.
Poster drawing of Old Faithful geyser on left and photo of same geyser on right (Library of Congress and © Getty Images/National Geographic/Walter Meayers Edwards)

Vintage posters reveal America’s most beautiful places

Take a trip down memory lane ... and across the U.S.! These vintage national parks posters show America's evergreen beauty.
President Obama speaking at podium in front of mountains and trees at Yosemite National Park (© AP Images)

‘Protect our parks, and protect this planet for generations’

While visiting Yosemite to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, President Obama asked people to protect our parks and our future.
Snow-capped mountain and green valley (National Park Service)

America’s ‘best idea’ turns 100

If you're planning a trip to the U.S., why not visit one of America’s iconic national parks? Here are the 10 most popular.