America's first national park, Yellowstone, was so honored in 1872, 34 years before the U.S. National Park Service was created to protect and maintain the natural wonders and historical sites that are forever entwined with the country’s national identity. The youngest of our 59 national parks wasn't established until 2013. While each has its own unique draw, we’ve chosen ten of the best that offer rich and varied natural experiences, unparalleled beauty and exciting activities.
UP IN THE AIR Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kitty Hawk After four years of experiments, the Wright Brothers took to the sky in the world’s first heavier than air, powered controlled flight. The Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, is dedicated to these pioneers of aviation.