“A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness. It teaches love of nature, of trees and flowers, the rippling brooks, the crystal lakes, the snow-clad mountains peaks, the wild life encountered everywhere amid native surroundings,” wrote Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. “He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.”
Six of our “better citizens” share the trails they blaze to their favorite national parks. To reach our nation’s parks, you have to drive from somewhere, so why not travel the routes that will help you experience Old West history to the fullest?
Pack your suitcase, climb in your car and get ready for a journey that offers inspiration with every stop, before you reach America’s magnificent, unspoiled scenic wonderlands.