10 Reasons to Visit a National Park Now: Photos

Our National Park System is a true treasure. Here are 10 great reasons to visit it right now.

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Our National Park System is a true treasure. Here are 10 great reasons to visit it right now. More than 440,000 people visit the Canyonlands National Park -- located in Southwest Utah -- every year and it's easy to see why: Dramatic arches and serpentine slot canyons are only matched by the intense colors of the desert rock.

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Though Acadia National Park is perched on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, it is characterized by its mountains: Craggy knobs that spring up in dome-like shapes from the coast. This makes for great hiking only a few steps away from incredible sea kayaking.

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Tucked against the borders of Montana and British Columbia, Glacier National Park is one of the more remote in the system. It is also one of the largest, covering more than 1,000,000 acres, which includes parts of two mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals.

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More sandstone arches and towers can be found, not surprisingly, in Arches National Park. The park -- which is also located in Utah -- is home to the famous "Delicate Arch" which hangs improbably over a deep valley.

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Great Sand Dunes National Park looks like a scene from the Sahara or Gobi desert -- but this incredible place is, in fact, nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Zion National Park contains the unique intersection of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert -- making it a place of astounding biological and geological diversity.

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Yosemite was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984. The granite cliffs, waterfalls, giant sequoia trees and rich biological diversity draw more than 3.7 million visitors each year.

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The park that gets its name from the namesake canyon is a must-see on any national parks hit list. Though most people are content with the view from the rim, Grand Canyon National Park is actually home to some extremely rugged and remote terrain for the more adventurous.

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Last but certainly not least is Joshua Tree National Park -- named for the unusual tree that populates the desert there, which looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book.

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