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100 Years of National Parks

Hanna Hansen
Corporate Communications Coordinator

The National Park Service turns 100 this month, marking a century since the agency was first created. With 209 cities currently served, SkyWest conveniently connects travelers to National Parks across the U.S. To celebrate 100 years of National Parks, we’ve put together a list of Parks that are only a SkyWest operated flight away! The National Parks Service will offer free entry to each of the National Parks starting August 25 through August 28, so get out, find your Park and start exploring!

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Grand Teton National Park is home to over 200 miles of trails and is a popular destination for mountaineering, fishing and back-country hiking. It has been described as tranquil with breathtaking views of a signature group of three mountain peaks that are the Tetons.

To get here:

Fly into Cody, Wyoming from Salt Lake City on Delta or on United from Denver or Chicago and drive two and a half hours to reach the entrance.
Fly into Jackson Hole, Wyoming from Salt Lake City on Delta or from Denver on United. The park’s main gate is only 4 miles away.

 

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This park is in honor of our 26 President, Theodore Roosevelt who originally came to this area in the North Dakota badlands to hunt bison. It was during this trip he fell in love with the rugged lifestyle and “perfect freedom” of the West. This National Park features 100 miles of foot and horse trails, wildlife viewing, back-country hiking and camping. Many also come to view the Northern Lights.

To get here:

Fly from Denver to Jamestown, North Dakota on United and drive just over three hours to reach Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Fly to Bismarck, North Dakota from Denver on United or from Minneapolis on Delta and drive two hours west.

 

Mammoth Cave National ParkMammoth Cave

This National Park marks the longest known cave system in the world – home to more than 390 miles of limestone passageways with vast chambers and complex labyrinths. Visitors are able to follow rangers as they explore a variety caves or enjoy the river nearby.

To get here:

Fly to Paducah, Kentucky from Chicago on United and drive two and a half hours east to reach Mammoth Cave.

 

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce is known for its crimson-colored, spire-shaped rock formations called hoodoos, intermixed with pine trees and other greenery. Most visitors opt to take a drive through the park which offers 13 scenic viewpoints and a variety of sights. Other activity options include hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and stargazing. For a different view, visitors can explore Bryce during colder months and snowshoe among the snow-draped hoodoos.

To get here:
Fly to Cedar City, Utah from Salt Lake City on Delta and drive one and a half hours east.

Fly to St. George, Utah from Salt Lake City on Delta or from Denver on United and drive just over two hours to the main gate.

 

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Joshua Tree National Park is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Visitors of the Park can explore miles of trails as they take in the views including the “zig-zaggy” branches of the Joshua Tree from which the Park gets its name.

To get here:

Fly to Ontario, California from San Francisco on United, Salt Lake City on Delta or Portland on Alaska and drive two hours through the desert valley to reach Joshua Tree.
Fly to Palm Springs, California from Los Angeles on United, from Salt Lake City on Delta or Phoenix on American for a short 40 mile drive to the main gate.

 

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This Park remains the largest intact area of old growth bottom-land hardwood forest in the southeastern US. Waters from the Congaree and Watree Rivers sweep through the Park bringing life to the miles of lofty trees. Congaree offers many options from canoeing and fishing to hiking and camping.

To get here:

Fly to Ashville, North Carolina from Chicago on United and drive two and a half hours southeast to Congaree.
Fly to Greenville, South Carolina from Detroit on Delta for a two hour drive.

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Eight National Parks to Visit this Week

McKall Morris
Corporate Communications Manager

National parks stretch across the United States, and each has a diverse landscape, incredible history and makes for an unforgettable trip. With so many to choose from, here are eight unique parks that will appeal to almost everyone and can be conveniently accessed with a SkyWest-operated flight!

Yellowstone

yellowstone-fountain-geyser_2018_600x450Yellowstone is America’s first national park (and widely held to be the first in the world)! Since it’s opening in 1872, it has maintained itself as one of the most iconic parks in the U.S. The majority of the world’s geysers can be found in Yellowstone, including Old Faithful, and it’s known for having an abundance of animal life. Visitors can often spot grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk and more. With more than 2,000 campsites throughout the park, it’s a perfect trip for a weekend campout.

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Pinnacles

Pinnacles_National_Park_viewThose looking for something a little newer should definitely head to Pinnacles National Park in California – the country’s newest designated national park (only official since 2013). Known for its breathtaking spires and rock formation, Pinnacles is a favorite among advanced rock climbers due to its abundance of difficult and challenging climbs.There is also an array of wildflowers and spectacular views, with many popular hikes in the area.

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Big Bend

14789648805_3e3d38aa08_bIf isolation sounds ideal, head to Big Bend. It is one of only 10 places on the planet that has been certified for dark-sky gazing and has been recognized as having the darkest measured skies in the lower 48 United States. Big Bend is popular with backpackers and hikers alike for its stunning trails and its reputation for wide open space. 

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Great Smoky Mountains

smoky-mountains-sunrise-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-dave-allenIf Big Bend is a little too isolated, check out Great Smoky Mountains. This is the most visited national park in the United States, and for good reason too! The park covers the mountain range rising along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains. It is world-renowned for the diversity of plant and animal life located in the park, along with popular activities like bicycling, fishing and waterfall walks.

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Isle Royale

AdamJewell_IsleRoyaleNP_3rdPrizeAt more than 45 miles long and nine miles wide, the largest island in Lake Superior is a dream for backpackers, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. This park does require visitors to plan ahead because it’s only accessible by boat or seaplane and does close during the winter. Once on the road-less island, enjoy a four- or five-day backpacking hike on the Greenstone Ridge Trail that follows the ridge across the center of the island or one of many other day hikes.

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Lassen Volcanic

681x454Sunset Magazine calls Lassen Volcanic, “The West’s most beautiful, least visited wonderland.” Lassen is not only beautiful, but also has the largest plug dome volcano in the world and is home to almost every kind of volcanic formation. Here travelers will be able to hike and camp among the meadows and mountain lakes to sneak a peek at the steaming fumaroles and marvel at the volcanoes that make it a top destination for aspiring geologists.

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Shenandoah

5683D041-155D-451F-673B22ED8CFCBF2EShenandoah encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The park is best known for Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that runs through the park on the ridge on the mountains. This is especially scenic in autumn as the leaves are changing color. There are also fantastic hikes to see waterfalls, vistas and quiet, wooded hollows.

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Zion

Zion-Angels-Landing-slideZion National Park is located in beautiful Southern, Utah. The massive sandstone cliffs, narrow slot canyons and blue skies are iconic. Popular hikes include climbing up to Angel’s Landing and hiking though the narrows, but simply entering the park will provide spectacular views. Rock climbing and canyoneering are also popular in the park for the more adventurous crowd.

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