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Discover the beauty of all 63 U.S. national parks

National Geographic

When the U.S. Congress established Yellowstone as the first national park in 1872, it was "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Its founding marked the birth of the U.S. National Park System and eventually launched a worldwide movement to protect outdoor spaces and historical landmarks. Since 1904, some 15 billion visitors have explored the wild wonders of the U.S. parks. In 2016, inspired by the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, photographer Jonathan Irish visited every U.S. national park over 52 weeks. "[National parks] are sacred and cherished places--our greatest personal and national treasures," says Irish. "It's a gift to spend a year adventuring and capturing incredible images and stories in some of the most beautiful places on Earth."

National parks giving free admission Saturday for National Public Lands Day

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Now is the time to visit a national park. On Saturday, some national parks will waive their admission fees in celebration of National Public Lands Day, according to the National Park Service website. National Public Lands Day happens every year on the fourth Saturday in September and this year, it falls on Sept. 26.

Alternatives to National Novel Writing Month

The New Yorker

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53 fun holidays to celebrate if you need something to look forward to this summer


The practice of social distancing is necessary to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn't mean it's been easy. Staying home every day and physically isolating yourself from loved ones can get lonely, and even sad at times. Though the president has recently talked about reopening the country, each state's governors will ultimately decide when it's safe for residents to be out and about again. While we wait for life to return to something resembling normal, we thought we'd help you try to make quarantine life as fun as possible. We scoured online resources and compiled a list of 53 fun, lesser-known holidays that you can celebrate over the next four months.

Tell Trump's White House exactly how you feel about paying $70 to enter a national park


Better get out your wallet. The National Park Service has proposed a fee increase to $70 per car to enter 17 "highly visited national parks" during peak seasons. That's right: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and 14 other parks would could cost $70 to enter, up from around $25 to $30. Sorry families looking to enjoy nature! The U.S. government will need that money to come from somewhere to pay for Donald Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy.