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.
Established in 1872 as the world's first national park, Yellowstone is best known for its hot geysers (including the popular tourist stop Old Faithful) and ranger-guided treks on horseback. It's a historical landmark – Native Americans have lived in the region for thousands of years and Lewis and Clark stopped through on their expedition west – and an geographic wonder, with alpine lakes, thick forests and deep, vast canyons that span three states: Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. It's also the best place in the nation to see wolves.
Don't Miss: Two Ocean Plateau sits in the southeastern corner of Yellowstone Lake. It is the furthest point from a road in the lower 48 and the most remote section of the park. The marsh, also called Two Ocean Pass, is where the water splits into two creeks, one of which flows to the Pacific and one to the Atlantic.
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