2016 is the United States National Park Centennial!
We love getting outdoors here at ReRack, and it's exciting to see the National Park Service hit 100 years. The NPS was founded in 2016 by Woodrow Wilson, and was the first of its kind in the world. It has since become a model for governments around the world.
In honor of the National Park Service centennial, we'll be doing a series of blog posts about the national parks (we'll probably sneak in some of our favorite state parks too). We hope to see you all out there!
More than 290 million visitors in 2014
Employs 22,000 people (plus over 200,000 volunteers!)
Largest National Park is 13.2 million acres - Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US at 1,932 ft. max. depth
Yellowstone was the first national park designation
Children under 16 have free admission to all parks
There's a lot of national parks - 409 and counting - so you've got plenty of options for your next trip. ReRack is here in Portland, Oregon and we love getting out to the National Parks in our area:
Need a better reason to load up the gear for a trip this year? The National Park Service is offering free admission to all National Parks on select days this year.
Here's all the free entrance days:
- January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16 - 24: National Park Week
- August 24 - 28: National Park Service Birthday
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Check out the National Park Service website for some help on deciding where to go. If you don't have enough space in the car for your trip, and need a roof rack, cargo box or basket - that's what ReRack is here for!
*Note the fee waiver is for entry/admission. Camping, concession, and other fees will still be in effect.
*All photographs credited to National Park Service