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Antarctica’s Thanksgiving Bird

Wildlife<p>Thanksgiving in the USA, a time to talk turkey, but in Antarctica it’s the time to talk penguins which we do this weekend on my radio show National Geographic Weekend. We also talk about camping for five days while hanging off the side of a cliff on the frozen continent. Here’s some video …

Yorkshire Dales National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> Yorkshire Dales <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1954 <b><br>Size:</b> 680 square miles (1,762 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>England's Backbone</b> Yorkshire Dales straddles the Pennines, a mountainous spine dubbed “England’s backbone.” The dales for which the park is named are deep valleys carved out of …

South Downs National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> South Downs National Park <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 2010 <b><br>Size:</b> 631 square miles (1,648 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>England's Newest National Park</b> The South Downs are a line of rolling hills that run roughly parallel to England’s southeast coast and create a landscape of open heath …

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Snowdonia National Park, Wales

<b>Name:</b> Snowdonia <b><br>Location:</b> Wales <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1951 <b><br>Size:</b> 823 square miles (2,132 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Park of Peaks</b> This Welsh landscape of mountains and valleys, forests, and lakes is punctuated by the park’s namesake peak. Snowdon, or Yr Wyddfa in the local Welsh tongue, stands at …

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales

<b>Name:</b> Pembrokeshire Coast National Park <b><br>Location:</b> Wales <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1952 <b><br>Size:</b> 240 square miles (620 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Coastal Gem</b> Other British national parks include seaside areas but Pembrokeshire Coast is the only truly coastal park in the system—a realm of seacoast and sky …

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Peak District National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> Peak District <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1951 <b><br>Size:</b> 555 square miles (1,438 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Britain's First National Park</b> The Peak District was the first national park to be established in Great Britain. As late as the early 20th century most British countryside lay in …

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North York Moors National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> North York Moors National Park <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1952 <b><br>Size:</b> 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Heather Moorland</b> North York Moors is famed for the heather moorland, which, while rare elsewhere, covers fully one-third of the park—the largest acreage of such …

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Northumberland National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> Northumberland National Park <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1956 <b><br>Size:</b> 405 square miles (1,049 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Open Lands</b> This “land of the far horizons” is a scenic gem at the top of England, anchored by the Cheviot Hills and undulating southward in swaths of open moorland …

New Forest National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> New Forest National Park <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 2005 <b><br>Size:</b> 219 square miles (567 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Ancient and Unchanged</b> William the Conqueror declared this area his new hunting ground, or “Nova Foresta,” back in 1079 and romped these woodlands and fields in pursuit of …

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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland

<b>Name:</b> Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park <b><br>Location:</b> Scotland <b><br>Date Established:</b> 2002 <b><br>Size:</b> 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Munro Country</b> The Trossachs are an appealing belt of hills and lochs stretching across the border between Scotland’s Lowlands and Highlands. In …

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Lake District National Park, England

<b>Name</b>: Lake District National Park <b><br>Location</b>: England <b><br>Date Established</b>: 1951 <b><br>Size</b>: 885 square miles (2,292 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>England's Largest</b> This storybook realm of hills, stonewalled fields, forests, whitewashed cottages, and clear waters is England’s largest national park. In fact, the …

Exmoor National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> Exmoor National Park <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1954 <b><br>Size:</b> 267 square miles (692 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Wild Coast</b> Exmoor’s 34-mile-long (55-kilometer-long) shoreline is one of the wildest and most remote in England. The six-mile (ten-kilometer) stretches between Combe Martin …

Dartmoor National Park, England

<b>Name:</b> Dartmoor National Park <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1951 <b><br>Size:</b> 368 square miles (953 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>High Moors</b> Dartmoor is dominated by the cool, wet, wide-open spaces of the high moors made famous in works like <i>Wuthering Heights</i> by Emily Brontë.The moors were born of …

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

<b>Name:</b> Cairngorms <b><br>Location</b>: Scotland <b><br>Date Established:</b> 2003 <b><br>Size:</b> 1,748 square miles (4,528 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Great Britain Goliath</b> Cairngorms National Park is the largest in all of Great Britain. It is twice the size of the Lake District or Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.<p>• <b>Highlands</b> …

The Broads, England

<b>Name:</b> The Broads <b><br>Location:</b> England <b><br>Date Established</b>: 1989 <b><br>Size:</b> 117 square miles (303 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p>• <b>Largest Wetland</b> The Broads includes Great Britain’s largest protected wetland and a sprawling inland waterway where six free-flowing rivers wander 125 miles (200 kilometers) through a …

Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

<b>Name:</b> Brecon Beacons <b><br>Location:</b> Wales <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1957 <b><br>Size:</b> 520 square miles (1,347 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know<p>• <b>Pen y Fan</b> The Brecon Beacons is a north-facing mountain range in South Wales, near the town of Brecon. The range includes the highest point in southern Britain—Pen y fan, which …

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Zion National Park

Visit the dramatic red-and-white cliffs of one of Utah's most beautiful parks.<p><b>Location:</b> Utah<b><br>Established:</b> November 19, 1919<b><br>Size:</b> 148,733 acres<p>Rising in Utah's high plateau country, the Virgin River carves its way to the desert below through a gorge so deep and narrow that sunlight rarely penetrates …

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Yosemite National Park

<b>Location: California<br>Established: October 1, 1890<br>Size: 747,956 acres</b><p>In a high-country meadow two hikers crouch near the edge of a mirroring lake and watch a pika as it harvests blades of grass for a nest deep within a huge rock pile. When they resume walking, there is no other person in sight for as …

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is a geological smoking gun that illustrates how violent the Earth can be. One event overshadows all others: Some 640,000 years ago, an area many miles square at what is now the center of the park suddenly exploded. In minutes the landscape was devastated. Fast-moving ash flows covered …

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

<b>Location: Alaska<br>Established: December 2, 1980<br>Size: 13,188,000 acres</b><p>Even in a state famous for its size, Wrangell-St. Elias stands out. It is by far the largest of our national parks—almost six times the size of Yellowstone. You fly over it and see mountains beyond mountains, glaciers after …

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Wind Cave National Park

<b>Location: South Dakota<br>Established: January 9, 1903<br>Size: 28,295 acres</b><p>Too many visitors leave Wind Cave National Park knowing only half of its charms. Ironically, the half they know is the half that's not visible from the surface.<p>Above the spectacular underground labyrinth for which the park is named …

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Virgin Islands National Park

<b>Location: U.S. Virgin Islands<br>Established: August 2, 1956<br>Size: 15,135 acres</b><p>High green hills dropping down to enchanting turquoise bays, white powdery beaches, coral reefs, and ruins that evoke an era of sugar and a tragic period of slavery all find protection on St. John, one of about a hundred …

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Voyageurs National Park

<b>Location: Minnesota<br>Established: April 8, 1975<br>Size: 218,054 acres</b><p>From the air, the forest areas of Voyageurs look like green pieces of a jigsaw puzzle scattered on a huge mirror. A North Woods realm of more than 30 lakes and more than 900 islands, Voyageurs spans a watery stretch of the U.S.-Canada …

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

<b>Location: North Dakota<br>Established: November 10, 1978<br>Size: 70,447 acres</b><p>Theodore Roosevelt is unique among the scenic parks in that it preserves not only an extraordinary landscape but also the memory of an extraordinary man. It honors the president who probably did more for the National Park System …

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Shenandoah National Park

<b>Location: Virginia<br>Established: December 26, 1935<br>Size: 197,411 acres</b><p>Skyline Drive, which runs for 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains, is flanked by a rumpled panorama of forests and mountains. To many who travel the drive, the highway itself is a park, complete with numerous deer …

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Big Trees and Big Canyons Amaze in This Wild National Park

In addition to sequoias and gorges, California's Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks also contain the point furthest from a road in the lower 48.<p><b>Location: California<br>Sequoia: Established September 25, 1890<br>Kings Canyon: Established March 4, 1940<br>Size: 865,964 acres</b><p>Bigness—big trees and big …

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Saguaro National Park

<b>Location: Arizona<br>Established: October 14, 1994<br>Size: 91,445 acres</b><p>Symbol of the American Southwest and North America's largest cactus, the saguaro's imposing stature and uplifted arms give it a regal presence. Perhaps that's why this burly giant, whose only bits of exuberance are seasonal blossoms …

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Rocky Mountain National Park

<b>Location: Colorado<br>Established: January 26, 1915<br>Size: 265,873 acres</b><p>Nowhere else in the United States can a visitor see so much alpine country with such ease. A mere two-hour drive from Denver, Trail Ridge Road takes visitors into the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, traversing a ridge above …

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Redwood National Park

<b>Location: California<br>Established: October 2, 1968<br>Size: 131,983 acres, including 3 state parks</b><p>Sometimes, when the morning fog caresses the great trees, you can imagine the past flowing through the long, misty shadows … Vast redwood forests flourishing across a lush and humid North America … After the …

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