One of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in North America, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a place of natural beauty and living legends. A dry climate, sheltering cliffs and the watchful eyes of local residents protect the distinctive architecture, artifacts and rock imagery. Completely within the Navajo Nation in Arizona, the park’s signature vista is looking down at Spider Rock, an 825-foot-tall sandstone spire that got its name from the Navajo story of the Spider Woman. Rangers and Navajo guides share these stories to connect visitors to this special place. Photo by Nina Mayer Ritchie (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Sunlight shines on the face of Lady Liberty as she prouds stands before the New York City skyline. “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and was designated as Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1924. Photo by Eric Magayne (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy Birthday to us! The U.S. Department of the Interior was officially created on March 3, 1849. For 170 years, Interior’s mission has expanded to include protecting and managing our natural resources and cultural heritage, providing scientific solutions and honoring trust responsibilities to our nation’s first people. With public lands being what we’re best known for, instead of candles on a cake, we’ll celebrate with sunlight glowing on a gorgeous mountain. Photo at Glacier National Park in Montana courtesy of Christina Adele Warburg-Hon.
A dignified view of dawn, right where rivers meet in West Virginia at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The Shenandoah River is on the right and the Potomac River feeds from the left. The area is rich with history and natural beauty, offering up something for everyone. Photo courtesy of Geoff Livingston.
Happy Presidents’ Day! What better way to celebrate the birthday of our first president– George Washington – than with this gorgeous photo of the monument built to honor him. A 555-foot marble obelisk, the Washington Monument towers over Washington, D.C. Sunrise photo courtesy of Drew Geraci.
Turquoise waters lap against the red brick walls of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Almost 70 miles west of Key West, the 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. On Garden Key, Fort Jefferson tells an important story about America’s shipping and military history. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas also offers amazing underwater attractions including superlative coral reefs and marine life. Photo by Jose Torres (www.sharetheexperience.org).
On a windy day 115 years ago at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first successful airplane flights. With courage and perseverance, these self-taught engineers relied on teamwork and application of the scientific process. What they achieved changed our world forever. Never forget to dream big. Photo of Wright Brothers National Memorial by Bill Kohutanycz (www.sharetheexperience.org).
On a quiet morning 77 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photo at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by National Park Service.
Travel back to the wild west at John Jarvie Historic Ranch in Utah. In 1880, John Jarvie built a ranch along the Green River to offer store goods to those that lived or traveled in this wild territory. Jarvie chose this location due to a naturally occurring river crossing which was used by Native Americans, fur trappers, travelers and local residents. Today, you can camp, fish, float and enjoy educational demonstrations at this fascinating site. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
In 1792, America’s first planned industrial city was established around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. Harnessing the power of the falls, cotton and silk mills began to spring up along the river. It was here in Paterson, New Jersey, that the American Industrial Revolution was born, making our country an economic player on the world stage. Today, the history and the stunning falls are protected as Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. Photo by volunteer Terry McKenna, National Park Service.