One hidden gem among U.S. national monuments is a treasure like no other. At the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, visitors take a deeper look into spectacular chapters of our nation’s history through the natural resources that make it what it is today.
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania, the Delaware Water Gap is a recreational park that is loved and visited by many people each year. No, it’s not located in Delaware, but it is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area and it’s one place you’ll go and never forget. From hiking to just taking a drive through one of the most scenic roads in America, you’ll find the most unique beauty right in the northeast.
National Wild and Scenic Rivers of the Unites States have been protected by law since the program’s inception in 1968. There are about 250 designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, to date. We’ve selected three of these interesting and diverse ecosystems to explore.
When travelers envision the perfect beach getaway, the first place that usually comes to mind is usually somewhere in Florida or maybe even the Caribbean. Most wouldn’t think of the northeast, but believe it or not, there are some beach gems located there. For example, Cape Cod National Seashore located in Massachusetts, which was founded by President John F. Kennedy on August 7, 1961.
Northern Arizona’s Vermillion Cliffs National Monument sits on the Colorado Plateau, just below the Utah border. While the name “monument” might conjure up the image of something a bit smaller, you’ll find 280,000 acres of beautiful terrain here, including cliffs, buttes, and canyons. The area was only declared as a monument in 2000, though the land itself was already government-managed.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the first National Lakeshore in the United States. While 2016 marks the centennial of the National Parks Service, it also signals the 50th anniversary of Pictured Rocks. With many things to do and see, it’s a must for anyone who loves the outdoors—and is still trying to Find Their Park.
There are 124 National Monuments throughout the United States. When you are traveling in the Midwest, there are some wonderful National Monuments to see. Remember that there are also National Historic Sites, Seashores, Rivers, Trails and more that are awaiting your visit, in the Midwestern states.
The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, in southernmost Arizona along the border with Mexico, preserves the only setting in the USA where the organ pipe cactus grows in the wild. Named for its resemblance to organ pipes, the “Stenocereus thurberi” can grow to a height of more than twenty feet. Impressive in and of itself, it is also a stunning feature of the rugged desert landscape.
When was the last time you went to New Mexico? Well, let us rephrase that. When was the last time you had a reason to go to New Mexico? Unless you’re from there, have to travel there for work, or have friends and family there to visit, New Mexico isn’t usually on the top of travelers’ lists for destinations to travel to, right? Think again! If you weren’t already aware, New Mexico is home to the White Sands National Monument located in the northern Chihuahuan Desert.