Automobile tourism and the US National Park System


Rock Creek Parkway, Washington DC

As part of the centennial celebration of the US National Park System, this author compiled a beautifully illustrated historical account of the 5,500-mile road system constructed throughout the most iconic landscapes of the American park system. Although some opposed the extension of a network of roads into these landscapes, others felt that providing easier access into the national parks would be a key to their success.

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The roads that made Americans fall in love with their national parks

By Timothy R. Smith

The Washington Post

September 9, 2016

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