One Hundred Years + Our Favorite Panoramas
The service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
One hundred years ago today, the National Park Service was born. Since then, hundreds of parks, monuments, and preserves have been established to accomplish the exact purpose laid out in the original Act: to conserve the scenery, historic objects, and wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. The 413th park, Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, joined the system just yesterday. What a directly beautiful way to celebrate the Centennial.
Of course, most of you know how we celebrated the Centennial.
Today, instead of writing a thousand words about what an amazing experience our year in the park was for us (which would be easy), we thought we’d let pictures do the talking instead. From Key West to Gates of the Arctic, Maine to American Samoa, we covered the United States corner to corner during the park service’s 100th year in establishment. We stumbled upon bison in Tallgrass Prairie, watched the sun rise over a volcanic crater in Haleakala, peered out at the perfectly-blue water of Crater Lake, and felt small in the giant Wrangell-St. Elias.
Here are a few of the things we saw.