National Parks, Hot Springs to North Cascades

On these National Park pages, using geographic information gleaned from The Essential Geography, I briefly describe our national parks. My descriptions show the type of geographic information I hope you will glean from this illustrative form of cartography.

I'll add more national parks almost daily until I've added all sixty-one.

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Indiana Dunes National Park occupies the southern shore of Lake Michigan, between Gary and Michigan City, at the eastern edge of the Chicago area.

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Protecting a forested island that rises almost 800 ft above Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park receives ferry service from Houghton, Copper Harbor and Grand Portage. Intermittent green dots in the lake indicate Isle Royale is in Michigan.

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Perched on a 2000+ ft plateau at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, not far from Los Angeles, California, Joshua Tree National Park overlooks the city of Indio, and others, far below at an elev. of 13’.

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Katmai National Park & Preserve guards Cook Inlet from its position in the Aleutian Range. In Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, Illianma Volcano rises 10,000 ft out of Cook Inlet. Equal parts ice and land, Kenai Fjords National Park hugs the SE coast of the Kenai Peninsula.

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In the forested hills of Central Kentucky, about equal distance from Louisville and Nashville, we find Mammoth Cave National Park on the Green River near Bowling Green.

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In the forested Appalachian Mountains of Southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National Park lies just east of Beckley, Oak Hill, and the I-77 toll freeway.

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Lying mostly west of the Pacific Crest (delineated here by the Pacific Crest Trail), North Cascades National Park showcases the mountains NW and SE of iconic Washington river, the Skagit. West and south, Iconic Washington mountains, Mt Baker and Glacier Pk, stand like a gateway to the North Cascades for residents of nearby Puget Sound.