FUN FACTS ABOUT NATIONAL PARKS

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1) In the National Park System, there are 407 sites covering more than 84 million acres of land

2) Throughout the entire world, there are 6,555 national parks

3) Ribbon Falls in Yosemite is nine times taller than Niagara Falls.

4) Only one state in the country is not lucky enough to currently have either a national park or national monument. It is actually the country’s first state, Delaware.

5) Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the largest park in the United States. It was established in 1980, and it contains 13.2 million acres. 

6) Dry Tortugas National Park is a collection of seven tiny islands that can be reached only by boat or plane, making it the country's most remote national park.

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7) Lassen Volcanic National Park is the only place on Earth that features all four types of volcanoes: shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and composite.

8) Channel Islands National Park, is the largest island in California—almost three times the size of Manhattan.

9) National Geographic ranked Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia as the fifth most beautiful place in the world.

10) Banff National Park was established in 1885 as Canada's first National Park and third in the world!

11) National parks received 330,882,751 visitors in 2017, a little less than the record-setting number in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year.

12) The redwoods in Redwood National Park, Oregon and California, are the tallest trees on Earth. Many redwoods are more than 30 stories tall, but the tallest tree in the world, named Hyperion, stands at 379 feet tall

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13) Three of the 10 highest waterfalls in the world are located in Yosemite National Park in California.

14) Northeast Greenland National Park  is the world's largest national park and the 9th largest protected land area.

15) The smallest National Park in the US is Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, PA, at 0.02 acres