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5 U.S. National Parks to Visit Right Now [PICS]

2015 has just begun and each of these parks is celebrating something special making them the best National Parks to visit right now.

June is National Camping Month; get out there!

Yosemite National Park

World famous rock climbing wall of El Capitan, Yosemite national park, California, usa

Yosemite National Park became even more famous earlier this year in January when two rock climbers, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, climbed El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.

These two completed the first free ascent of the rock, which is considered the hardest rock to climb on the planet with its smooth walls and towering 3,000 feet high.

In October of this year, Yosemite will celebrate its 125th anniversary. In March, Yosemite launched a free commemorative exhibit, “The Lure and Lore of Yosemite,” that will last throughout the rest of the year.

There, guests can read writings written of Yosemite’s early supporters, and appreciate maps, art work, and historical documents from the late 1800s.

Glacier National Park

Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park Alaska

This year, only 25 glaciers remain in Glacier National Park of the 150 that once existed in 1850. By 2030, glacier regression models predict that number to reach zero.

This is one of many National Parks to visit before the glaciers are depleted for good.

This year, Glacier National Park is also expecting their one-millionth guest! That’s right, one million. And that special guest could be you.

Denali National Park and Preserve

Life in Denali
Life in Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve is home to Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain in the U.S., and also home to “Life in Denali.”

“Life in Denali” is a one-of-a-kind program that addresses questions about living in the far north and how people settled and ultimately stayed there. Every evening, locals talk and tell stories about everyday adventures in Alaska.

Acadia National Park

Bee Hive mountain trail

Acadia National Park is the only National Park to visit in Maine and is the oldest east of the Mississippi. Home to the tallest peaks on the Atlantic Coast, the Cadillac Mountains, and the park is the first in the U.S. to have an endowed trail system.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Acadia Trails Forever. This program was started to clean up and repair the 130 miles of trails in the park.

It also marks the 20th anniversary of the Artist-in-Residence Program where writers, composers, and visual and performing artists get the chance to practice their art as the beautiful park landscapes lingers behind them as inspiration.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain 100th Anniversary
Rocky Mountain 100th Anniversary

This park is one of the National Parks to visit this year because in September it is celebrating its 100th birthday. And to commemorate, the park has set up a Centennial Celebration with special activities taking place all year long.

These activities include guest speakers, exhibits, a seminar series, community events, free ranger-led walks and talks, and evening programs.

On its actual birthday, September 4, Rocky Mountain National Park is holding a Re-Dedication Ceremony as well as family activities, guest speakers, and music.

Plan now to be a part of these monumental 2015 celebrations of these wonderful U.S. National Parks.

5 U.S. National Parks to Visit Right Now [PICS]