One of America’s greatest treasures is its National Park system. Today there are nearly 400 national parks in every state in the Union except Delaware.
So join us as we countdown to Independence Day 2008 with a look at our top ten national parks. Why not visit one of them this 4th of July to truly experience America?
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Just an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital, Shenandoah National Park is a corridor of wooded oasis within the congested East Coast.
Popular activities in the Sheanandoahs include hiking along the Appalachian Trail or driving around the 105 miles of crested mountains known as Skyline Drive. For a July 4th visit, bring you patience along with your camera, as crowds are expected and campgrounds will be sold out.
The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive are closed for winter storms and at night during deer hunting season. Summer temperatures in Shenandoah Park are a comfortable 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley below.
Entrance Fees: $15 per private car (winter rates are $10/car).
For more information: Visit http://www.nps.gov/shen/ or call the Information Line at (540) 999-3500.
Check back each day for another Top 10 National Park (or you can cheat and check out our top 10 parks here).
photo credit: Shenandoah National Park