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Hiking Project: 5 of the best national parks that aren’t ‘National Parks’

From the bloggers at Hiking Project

If you’re overlooking national parks in favor of only National Parks, trust us, you’re missing out.

Before you think I’m trying to pull a Matrix on you, did you catch the difference in capitalization? While the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) manages 59 National Parks, the NPS also maintains 354 other sites that are collectively called “national parks.” These remaining lowercase parks comprise of everything from a room in Philadelphia (Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial) to 1,542,776 acres of desert (Mojave National Preserve), and hundreds of other designations diverse in both attributes and titles.

While some of those sites sound like you’d expect (the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site is a house), others, like White Sands National Monument and its 143,000 acres of crystal white sand dunes, are a little less obvious. Helping expose people to these 354 lesser-known sites is one of the goals of my three-year world record road trip to all 413 U.S. National Park Service sites (big N and little n parks all included) in an effort to explore and share all of America’s natural wonders.

To read the full story by Hiking Project, click here.

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