|The 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Parks Service, which was founded on August 25, 1916, is almost upon us! In honor of this important centennial, we’ve decided to share a few of our favorite National Parks with you. We hope that you can find time in your busy lives to visit these truly incredible places and marvel in their glory.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)
Located just a dozen or so miles north of the New Mexico-Texas border, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is as unique a beauty as our country’s diverse landscape offers. With remarkable flora and fauna specific to the desert region, the surface of this natural phenomenon is only the beginning. Subterranean caverns, formed by sulfuric acid eroding the limestone, are a true wonder to behold. And, when you’ve tuckered yourself out exploring this haven, kick your feet up and refresh at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hobbs, NM, which is just a short drive up Hobbs Highway from the caverns!
Badlands National Park (South Dakota)
Next on our list is Badlands National Park, positioned scenically in southwestern South Dakota. The nearly quarter million acres that compose the park were once home to the ancient ancestors of the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat, which is why they are now one of the most fossil rich areas in the world. There is also no shortage of modern wildlife, from prairie dogs to bison, and rock formations that are truly awe-inspiring. Once you’re ready to retire for the day, travel just a couple dozen miles westward and enjoy the hospitality of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City, SD!
Sequoia National Park (California)
California is known the world over for its extraordinary natural beauty, and, though you might expect the iconic Yosemite National Park to have made our list, we’ve chosen a smaller, yet equally stunning park to share. Sequoia National Park is nestled in amongst the several other national parklands that occupy the Sierra Nevada region, and is home to the largest trees in the world! Just one glimpse (in person, of course) at these trees will make the whole journey worthwhile. And when you need to rest your neck, which has been strained from looking up at the canopy almost 300 feet above, you can come unwind at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Fresno North, CA!
Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)
Situated optimally, Hot Springs National Park sits just north of the Ouachita River in central Arkansas, making its namesake, the naturally occurring hot springs, available to many. Offering what no man-made spa in the world can provide, these therapeutic natural phenomena have been bringing rest and relaxation to people since the first settlers discovered them. And, if you’re beginning to prune from bathing for too long, you can drive less than five miles south to Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Hot Springs, AR where you can dry out right by the riverside!
Wherever you might be in the beautiful United States, it’s nice to know that you’re never far from an amazing National Park. So, get out, explore, and marvel at the incredible natural beauty that our United States possess. You won’t regret it!