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ome of the greatest treasures in the world are in

America’s “backyards” - and all Americans own

them. In 1872 Yellowstone became the world’s

first national park; it was a uniquely American idea, a

physical extension of democracy in the Land of the

Free. There are now thousands of national parks in over

100 countries across the globe. But Yellowstone and

other extraordinary places - set aside in perpetuity -

were not fully protected until 1916 when the National

Park Service was created.

The National Park Service does an extraordinary job,

preserving and managing America’s most spectacular

landscapes and historically significant places. Without the

NPS, these incredible gems would not be as pristine as

they were 100 years ago... and will be 100 years hence.

These places not only speak to us of freedom, but

inspire us with expansive landscapes that echo in our

hearts and make us dream bigger, love nature more,

breathe deeper and live to its fullest. What we feel in

their presence - the tears at a sunrise, the gasp of awe,

the rush of exhilaration - has been a blessing for

generations past and will continue to be for

generations to follow. As President John.F.Kennedy

once said:

“It is the course of wisdom to set aside an ample portion of

our natural resources as national parks and reserves, thus

ensuring that future generations may know the majesty of

the earth as we know it today.”

Tears at Dawn

Celebrating 100 years of America’s National Parks with Tauck.