National Parks

Areas of land set aside by Congress because of unique physical and/or cultural value to the nation. Laws prohibit land development and protect wildlife within the borders of these parks.

Band-e Amir National Park

Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
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Band-e Amir was to become Afghanistan's first national park in the 1960s but this was delayed due to political crises and the decades of wars. The park was finally established and opened to the public in 2009.top

Belezma National Park

Batna Province, Algeria
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The Belezma National Park is one of the most important national parks of Algeria. It contains 447 species of flora (14% of the national total) and 309 species of fauna, of which 59 are protected species.top

Everglades National Park

Florida, United States of America
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The Everglades are subtropical marshlands, large areas of wetland which are subject to continuous flooding and features grasses, rushes, reeds and other herbaceous plants in shallow water.top

Glacier National Park

Flathead, Montana, United States of America
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To commemorate the long history of peace and friendship between the United States and Canada, the two nations have combined Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park and created the Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park.top

Mount Olympus

Greece
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Mount Olympus is also noted for its very rich flora with several species. It has been the first National Park of Greece, since 1938, and a World's Biosphere Reserve.top

Petrified Forest National Park

Arizona, United States of America
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The Petrified Forest features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. The park covers 341.5 sq mi.top

Redwood National and State Parks

California, United States of America
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Combining four parks (Redwood National Park, California's Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks) the combined Redwood National and State Parks contain 133,000 acres.top

Rocky Mountain National Park

Colorado, United States of America
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Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses approximately 265,770 acres of land in Colorado's northern Front Range. The park is split by the Continental Divide, which gives the eastern and western portions of the park a different character.top

Saguaro National Park

Arizona, United States of America
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The park was established as Saguaro National Monument on March 1, 1933 and changed to a national park on October 14, 1994. The total area of Saguaro National Park in 2002 was 143 square miles (370 km2).top

Tikal

Petén Department, Guatemala
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The ruins of Tikal lie among the tropical rainforests of northern Guatemala that formed the cradle of lowland Maya civilization. The area has been declared as the Tikal National Park and the preserved area covers 570 square kilometres (220 sq mi).top

Valle de la Luna

El Loa Province, Chile
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The Valle de la Luna or Valley of the Moon has an impressive range of color and texture, looking somewhat similar to the surface of the moon. The landmark was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its great natural beauty and strange lunar landscapetop


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