The term "National Park" was originally defined as a set-aside place of wilderness, with its conservation to be for posterity to serve as a symbol of national pride. The United States defines it as a public park for the enjoyment and benefit of the people. National parks never close except when weather dictates so for the safety of the public. In many National Parks, visitors are welcome to camp and enjoy outdoor activities while inside the park.
Largest National Parks in the US
The United States has 12 National Parks exceeding 1 million acres in area, with 7 of these being found in Alaska. Below is a list of national parks in the country, starting with the largest park.
1. Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska (8,323,146.48 acres)
2. Gates of the Arctic, Alaska (7,423,897.45 acres)
3. Denali, Alaska (4,740,911.16 acres)
4. Katmai, Alaska (3,674,529.33 acres)
5. Death Valley, California (3,373,063.14 acres)
Death Valley (3,373,063.14 acres) National Park is found along the California-Nevada border. Visitors to the park can expect snow-capped mountains, colorful rock layers, water-fluted canyons, and seemingly never-ending dunes.
6. Glacier Bay, Alaska (3,223,383.43 acres)
Glacier Bay (3,223,383.43 acres) is another park located in Alaska and home to one of the world's greatest displays of glacier ice. The white
scenery is complemented by deer, goats, bears, waterfowl, whales, and porpoises.
7. Lake Clark, Alaska (2,619,816.49 acres)
Lake Clark (2,619,816.49 acres) National Park is also located in Alaska. Active volcanoes, glaciers, wild rivers, and wild animals are the attractions in this wilderness park.
8. Yellowstone, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho (2,219,790.71 acres)
9. Kobuk, Alaska (1,750,716.16 acres)
Kobuk Valley (1,750,716.16 acres) National Park is another place of solitude in Alaska. Close to one million caribou migrate to the north in the spring and back to the south in the fall, making this park a busy place. Wild rivers, sand dunes, red bluffs, and fossils all make the park an attractive destination.
10. Everglades, Florida (1,509,968.1 acres)
11. Grand Canyon, Arizona (1,201,647.03 acres)
12. Glacier, Montana (1,013,128.94 acres)
The First National Park In The United State
On April 20, 1832, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed a piece of legislation to protect the Hot Springs Reservation area in Hot Springs, Arkansas, which contained thermal springs and adjacent wild forested areas. This was the first-ever act of the US Congress to protect a designated land. Later on March 4, 1921, it was declared a national park. On July 1, 1864, President Lincoln yielded Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to California. In 1872, President Ulysses Grant declared Yellowstone as the first national park in the US. This was followed by Mackinac National Park in 1875, and Rock Creek Park, Sequoia, and Yosemite in 1890. Today, there are 59 national parks in the US.
Biggest National Parks In The United States
|Rank||Park, State||Area (Acres)|
|1||Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska||8,323,146.48|
|2||Gates of the Arctic, Alaska||7,523,897.45|
|5||Death Valley, California-Nevada||3,373,063.14|
|6||Glacier Bay, Alaska||3,223,383.43|
|7||Lake Clark, Alaska||2,619,816.49|
|9||Kobuk Valley, Alaska||1,750,716.16|
|11||Grand Canyon, Arizona||1,201,647.03|
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