National park is a term used to denote a reserved area of land owned by the government. Explore all of the parks and learn about their natural scenery and historic values.
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The mysterious and beautiful cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park lie at an altitude of 7,000 feet and are some of the oldest Native American archaeological sites in the United States.
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The Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia is one of the largest tracts of protected Eastern woodlands. Learn what really makes it a mecca for vacationers and outdoorspeople of all stripes -- fishers, hikers, mountain bikers, and paddlers.
Ouachita National Forest spans 1.8 million acres in a wide swath north of Hot Springs, Arkansas, that reaches all the way to Oklahoma. The forest is known for its streams and pristine lakes. Learn about family vacations in Ouachita National Forest.
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Central Park has 843 acres of attractions and activities such as a children's zoo concerts biking educational programs restaurants carousel rides rowboats concerts and skating. Find out more about family vacations to New York's Central Park.
Adventure awaits those who want to run the rapids on the Upper New River in West Virginia. Long and tranquil with stretches of white water thrown in for excitement it also features a 1400-foot canyon. Learn more about the Upper New River.
Located in central New Hampshire White Mountain National Forest is truly a destination for all seasons. The region offers hiking and canoeing in summer and skiing in winter. Find out more about White Mountain National Forest.
Odiorne Point New Hampshire's largest undeveloped stretch of shore is backed by marshes sand dunes and dense vegetation. Visitors enjoy boating trails and new playground areas. Find out more about Odiorne Point State Park.
Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge harbors hundreds of birds mammals reptiles and amphibians. Visitors to these primitive wetlands can best see its natural wonders by touring on the water. Learn more about the family vacation destination.