While I’ve been to a plethora of national parks (Independence National Park which is in my hometown of Philadelphia, Valley Forge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Fort McHenry, Harper’s Ferry, Antietam just to name a few), I’ve never been to any of the outdoorsy ones, those located out west in which the incredible and striking landscape is the attraction.
Having lived in big cities all my life on the East Coast, visiting national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Mesa Verde I think would be the pinnacle of travel experiences.
So for something different, here are three fun facts about the national parks I mentioned above.
1.) Mesa Verde National Park preserves the ancient culture of the Pueblo people, a Native American tribe. They chose Mesa Verde as their home in the Four Corners region about 1,400 years ago and for 700 years they and their descendants lived and flourished here. They constructed intricate stone communities in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls.
2.) Old Faithful is the world’s most famous geyser and is one of more than 300 geysers in Yellowstone. When it erupt it sprays 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water up to 184 feet in the air.
3.) The Grand Canyon is the biggest gorge in the world. It’s believed that you could “heap four skyscrapers on crest of each other and still not get to the edge of the Grand Canyon.”