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Correction – National Parks Service Website – www.nps.gov
National Parks – America The Beautiful
National Parks – America The Beautiful Quarters express all the pride and joy we can find around our nation. Did you know that the quarter is also called two bits? Well, that’s based on the division of the Spanish peso. Two bits from a peso would be 25cents. That all took place a bit back in time. But, quarters are still sometimes called two bits. There’s a lot of history in coins and trivia too.
The U.S. Mint – America The Beautiful Quarter Series featured many of our national parks, historic sites and national shore lines.
Here’s a bit of trivia about several of our national parks featured on America the beautiful quarters.
Did you know
- Our National Park Service protects over 84 million acres of wild landscapes and historic sites. Offering us many options to explore our beautiful country for a grand adventure.
- Our national parks are home and habitat to more than 400 endangered or threatened plant and animal species. When visiting one of our national parks, keep a keen eye-out to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
- Yellowstone National Park, is a super volcano that is responsible for three of the world’s six biggest volcano eruptions. Yellowstone National Park (in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana) is the oldest U.S. national park, founded in 1872.
- Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- Another national park which has a name that gives away exactly what the park is all about…. It is Arches National Park famous for having the largest concentration of stone arches in the world.
- Three of the 10 highest waterfalls in the world are located in Yosemite National Park in California. And, Ribbon Falls in Yosemite is nine times taller than Niagara Falls. Now that’s spectacular!
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park with more than 9 million guests per year, followed by Grand Canyon National Park, which gets more than 4 million visits per year.
- More than 25% of Florida’s orginal subtropical wetlands also known as the Everglades is protected by Everglades National Park
- Denali National Park has the widest range of elevations, from 200 feet in Yentna River to 20,302 feet at the summit of Mount McKinley.
- Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, which connects Grand Lake and Estes Park, is the highest continuously paved road in the U.S., with breathtaking views and vistas you’ll want to travel along its entire 48 miles.
- Teddy Roosevelt has many the most sites named for him including Theodore Roosevelt National Park in (North Dakota).
The U.S. Mint America The Beautiful quarter series is our national pride – highlighting not only National parks, but national monuments, national seashore, historical military sites, forest and river ways.
After all – the quarters are all about what makes our country a magnificent place to visit.
For more information on our national parks, visit the website – nps.org and search from there… where you’ll find this and more information about areas preserved for us to visit and enjoy.
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