Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. To celebrate, a friend and I decided to take a road trip across the Pacific Northwest during the last two weeks of the summer. By its end, the trip consisted of fourteen days of travel to ten different states and four national parks. We saw steep canyons in the Badlands, gushing geysers in Yellowstone, old-growth forests in Olympic, traveled the Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier, and so much more. Visiting national parks truly benefits the mind, body, and soul in many wonderful ways. With that said, the National Park System needs our help now more than ever – and visiting them is one of the best ways to help. Below I have included a few of my favorite pictures from the trip in an effort to encourage you to help protect the parks by visiting or donating whenever possible!
The mission of the national parks system is to:
“preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.”
Written and Photographed by Margaret Golden