This is the first time I've paid attention to the park images around me, but I'm not surprised at the number I spotted. On previous trips, I've been struck by how prevalent park images are in ads, stories, products, movies, and in the news. So this time I decide to count them.
At the end of my adventure I found parks appear to be everywhere. The question is why?
While many may not be aware of it, National Parks are physical manifestations of what Americans most sacred places, and most important ideas, values, and history. As such governments, advertisers, writers, entrepreneurs, and many others use the park image to connect to the values parks represent.
On your next trip or vacation pay attention to spot national park images. Perhaps a kind of park bingo can be played.
How many can you spot?
|License Plate, Arches National Park|
|Presentation, Grand Teton National Park|
|Star Trek Movie, Alcatraz National Monument|
|Travel Magazine, Crater Lake National Park|
|News Story, Grand Teton National Park|
|Travel Magazine, John Day Fossil Bed National Monument|
|Mug, Mount Rainier National Park|
|News Article, National Park Service|
|Travel Magazine, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument|
|Mug, Yosemite National Park|