As the National Park Service gears up for its centennial in 2016, it's re-branding to attract a broader audience. So far, the only major change has been to the logo, which trades the busy nature scene sketch for a single white arrowhead. Park Service representative Kathy Kupper said more changes will come, but they'll mostly take place in 2015 and won't affect the parks themselves.
"Baby boomers grew up with parks, but 50 years ago or so, distractions like Disneyland and theme parks began to pop up," Kupper said. "Now, with the internet age, we began to worry that they could be forgotten. So we're revamping a little."
While a new look is welcome, longtime park patrons known that what makes parks significant isn't the packaging, but what's inside their borders. Still, the more popular parks get crowded – Yellowstone gets an average of 26,500 visitors every day in July – so it's wise to seek out new territory. In that spirit, we rounded up 23 of the most scenic national parks and their best attractions, from the quiet lighthouses at Michigan's Isle Royale to glaciers only viewed by seaplane in Wrangell-St. Elias.
Michigan's Isle Royale isn't easy to get to – visitors must arrive by boat or seaplane – but it's worth the effort. Located in the northwest corner of Lake Superior, the untamed island is known for wild wolves and moose, but that doesn’t stop visitors from spending roughly three days at the park on average. It has two developed areas, Windigo and Rock Harbor, which have small stores, showers, boat docks, and 36 wilderness campgrounds that typically include wooden shelters and tent areas.
Don't Miss: The Rock of Ages Lighthouse, just 3.5 miles west of Isle Royale, has six above-water decks for fog signal equipment and living quarters that include an office, common room, kitchen, and sleeping area.
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