Travel the World: National Parks

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About This Quiz

The founding fathers of the United States got it right. Set aside huge areas of the most beautiful parts of the country and deem them national parks. Since then, other nations have done the same in the name of preserving our planet's natural wonders.

What was the first U.S. national park?

Though there is some dispute, most people agree that the first U.S. national park was Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Which U.S. president was the most instrumental in the creation of national parks?

Though Jackson and Lincoln did their part early on, the father of the national park system was Theodore Roosevelt.

What country followed America's lead first in creating its own national park?

They came from a land down under. That's right -- it was Australia's Royal National Park.

Which department oversees the U.S. National Parks Service?

Even though it's a very "exterior" job, it's handled by the Department of the Interior.

What's the only U.S. state that does not have a national park?

There are plenty of parks in Delaware, but none of them are national parks.

How many paid employees are there in the U.S. national park system?

The national park system employs 20,000 full-time and seasonal employees.

How many volunteers work in the U.S. national park system?

Volunteers are the backbone of the national park system, with 145,000 chipping in every year.

How many visitors hit up U.S. national parks each year?

National Parks are big business in the tourism industry, with more than 270,000,000 visitors passing through the gates each year.

What's the largest U.S. national park?

Alaska is where it's at -- it's Wrangell St. Elias though, not Denali.

How small is the smallest national park in the United States?

It may be hard to believe, but Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania is only 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers).

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