Celebrate the NPS With Centennial Park Stamps

See the 16 national parks in the collection.

Perusing the thousands of photos tagged with #FindYourPark on Instagram gives a glimpse into some of our country's beautiful national parks – many I've never been to, but consequently, now want to visit. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, I can’t help but think about what inspired travelers over the past century to visit the national parks and then how they shared their experiences.

Mount Rainier National Park Stamp

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Learn About Mount Rainier: National Parks in Washington

It’s crazy to think some park visitors in the early 1900s might never have even seen photos of parks or monuments prior to seeing them in real life. And sharing the first time they saw Mount Rainier, hiked in Cumberland Gap or traversed the caves at Carlsbad probably meant sending letters or postcards to friends and family.

Yellowstone National Park

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Breathtaking Yellowstone

Geothermal features that make Yellowstone famous also add to its beauty.

In 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park in the world, and by the early 20th century, several parks had been established throughout the West. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, integrating all of the existing national parks and monuments into one federal system. In honor of the centennial year of the National Park Service, the U.S. Postal Service released a collection of 16 stamps representing 16 national parks earlier this month. Each stamp features a photograph or painting of a landscape, animal, plant or monument significant to one of the 16 parks.

Acadia National Park Stamp

U.S. Postal Service

The stamps, designed by Ethel Kessler, are considered Forever stamps, meaning they can always be used to send First-Class Mail, no matter what the current postal rate is. You can purchase the stamps online or at your local post office. To see all of the stamps and learn more about the collection, visit the U.S. Postal Service and the National Park Service websites.

Grand Canyon National Park

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Learn About the Grand Canyon: A Great Grand Canyon Adventure

If you’re adventuring to any national parks this summer and want to share your experiences with friends, don’t stop at tagging your photos on social media; send a card, letter or postcard with your favorite national park stamp, too!

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Best National Park Camping Sites in America

Embrace nature, and sleep under the stars in one of the country's great national parks.

Backcountry Camping: Glacier National Park

Backcountry Camping: Glacier National Park

Each year, Glacier National Park updates its Backcountry Camping Guide, a necessary accessory for backpackers who plan to spend the night at one of the remote campsites. Primitive campsites have a spot for a tent, pit toilets, as well as an area to prepare and store food. 960 1280
Backcountry Camping: Glacier National Park

Backcountry Camping: Glacier National Park

Serious hikers rave about the looming mountains and alpine lakes that make up Glacier National Park's million-plus acres of natural wonderland. To fully appreciate the park's beauty, load your backpack for a multi-day back-country adventure. 960 1280

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Forest Camping: Bryce Canyon National Park

Forest Camping: Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is famous for its tall rocky spires known as hoodoos, but its elevation creates 3 unique forest areas. As the park reaches 2,000 feet, there are distinct forest areas with spruce, Ponderosa pines and Pinyon pines. 960 1280

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Forest Camping: Bryce Canyon National Park

Forest Camping: Bryce Canyon National Park

There are 2 campgrounds in the park, and the Sunset Campground is located just west of some of the park's best easy-to-moderate hiking trails that begin at Sunset Point. 960 1280

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Beach Camping: Assateague Island

Beach Camping: Assateague Island

At Assateague Island you can feel the sand under your feet -- and under your sleeping bag, too -- when you pitch your tent at an ocean-side site on this barrier island. The campsites are just steps from the water where you can spend the day swimming, fishing, collecting shells or just lounging in the sand. 960 1280

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Beach Camping: Assateague Island

Beach Camping: Assateague Island

Although the park is located in both Maryland and Virginia, camping is only available in Maryland. In addition to the camping basics, bring along firewood, long tent stakes to steady your tent from strong breezes and extra bug spray as the mosquito populations thrive during the warm summer months. 960 1280

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RV Camping: Yosemite National Park

RV Camping: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a great option for car campers and road-tripping RVers who don't want to leave behind all of the comforts of home. The park has 10 campgrounds with ample space for RVs and trailers. 960 1280

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RV Camping: Yosemite National Park

RV Camping: Yosemite National Park

In Yosemite Valley, RVs can unpack and settle in Upper, Lower and North Pines campgrounds and enjoy great views of the towering rock formations and easy access to hiking trails to Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls. 960 1280

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Isolated Camping: Voyageurs National Park

Isolated Camping: Voyageurs National Park

If you're searching for a remote campground with few neighbors, Voyageurs National Park just might be your spot. However, you will need your own boat to access any of the 200 remote campsites. 960 1280

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Isolated Camping: Voyageurs National Park

Isolated Camping: Voyageurs National Park

Each site is equipped with a food locker, fire ring and picnic table so you can enjoy dinner under the stars. Be sure to double-check your packing list as there are no nearby shops to pick up forgotten essentials at these isolated camping spots. 960 1280

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