National Park Week
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The National Park Service Celebrates Its Centennial

The National Park Service is Turning 100!

This year, on August 25th, the U.S. National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of protecting and preserving our nation’s national parks! All across the country people will be packing into their cars, and heading to national parks and American monument sites to celebrate. What better way to end the summer than with a road trip to travel the U.S. and tour the national monuments?

100 Years, 410 Sites

In the last 100 years there has been 410 parks and historical sites added to the system, starting with Yellowstone. The immense amount of joy they have imparted on lovers of nature and history buffs, and the amount of respect for nature they have given to people around the country, is immense. In 2015 alone 307 million people flocked to U.S. parks and national monuments to take in the experiences found only in these one of a kind locations.

Yellowstone Starts it All

In 1872 the first National Park was formed. Yellowstone National Park holds the immense honor of being the first officially recognized national park, and to this day is the 5th most visited in the United States of America. It places behind such incredible locales as Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park, The Grand Canyon, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but it truly did start it all.

Something For Everyone

Though the top national parks are something to behold, the National Park Service also maintains and cares for a number of battlefields, military parks, and national monuments, all of which are of great historical significance. If you don’t have a great interest in the wilderness, these make an incredible destination for summer holidays, and are sure to be fine experience on the August 25th centennial celebration day.

Parks Are Everywhere

If you’re not in the mood for a long journey, you’re sure to be able to find an incredible destination near you, as Delaware is the only state entirely without a nationally maintained monument or park, and many states have several. Planning a road trip isn’t necessary, if you have a mind to stay close to home, but it sure can make for incredible memories, and great summer fun.

Plan Your Trip Appropriately

If you decide to take a summer road trip this year to help celebrate the centennial (or just to travel the U.S.) make sure to plan your trip appropriately! While 307.2 million people were away at one of these incredible destinations last year, their homes may have been left unattended. While it is incredibly important to consider health and safety if you travel the U.S., it should be considered equally essential to remember to keep your home safe while away.

Whether you’re out for a long journey or just a short trip it’s important to remember that unattended homes are frequently a target for burglary, vandalism, or other crimes. They can also act as magnets for unforeseen incidents like flooding and fires. ADT home monitoring could provide a perfect solution for making sure your home stays safe while you’re away. In the event that you need home monitoring solutions you can trust and rely on, make sure to contact your local ADT home monitoring specialist for more information. We can help you keep your summer focused on fun, your travel plans, and all of your incredible destinations, while you leave the safety and security of your home to us!