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 continue our 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?
Badlands National Park, South Dakota
One of America’s largest prairies and the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil bed, the Badlands National Park is also home to bison, bighorn sheep and black-footed ferrets.
If you’re planning a 4th of July visit to the Badlands, you can enjoy examining fossils, identifying wildflowers, trail hiking, and on-site camping (nothing beats the nighttime stars in the South Dakota sky!)
Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, the Badlands offers easy access for cars via Interstate 90. The park is open year-round, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In July, the weather is hot and dry with occasional torrential thunderstorms.
Entrance Fees: $15 per private car, valid for one week.
For more information: Visit www.nps.gov/badl/ or call Park Headquarters at (605) 433-5361.
Check back each day for another Top 10 National Park (or you can cheat and check out our top 10 parks here).
photo credit: Badlands National Park