by the numbers

By the Numbers: Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park, the largest national park in the 48-state U.S. , is a prodigious generator of interesting statistics. Here is a generous sample.

By the Numbers: Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area, one of America's flagship urban-oriented parks, generates interesting statistics. One of them is 8,820,757.

National Parks By the Numbers: Recapping the Year's Statistical Recaps

Traveler's "By the Numbers" articles provide interesting (and often surprising) statistics for selected parks. We published 13 of them this year.

By the Numbers: Stones River National Battlefield

Stones River National Battlefield commemorates an extraordinarily bloody battle fought at Murfreesboro, Tennessee on December 31, 1862 and January 1, 1863. Here are some relevant statistics.

By the Numbers: Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the world's largest urban-oriented parks, generates some impressive statistics. Take a look at these numbers.

By the Numbers: Homestead National Monument of America

Nebraska's Homestead National Monument of America is a very special place that contains, among other things, America's oldest homestead and second-oldest restored tallgrass prairie.

By The Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Though its name inspires thoughts of massive rivers of ice, Glacier Bay National Park is much, much more than glaciers. With its borders you'll find some of the country's tallest mountains, tangles of temperate rain forest that harbor brown and black bears, and rich waters that attract both birds and whales. Here's a glimpse of some of the park's significant numbers:

By the Numbers: Voyageurs National Park

This northern Minnesota park's waterway system, consisting of four large island-studded lakes connected by narrows, was once the route of the French-Canadian voyageurs. A large peninsula with a glaciated, boreal forest landscape completes the ensemble.

By the Numbers: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

"Two" has important meaning in the context of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and so do many other numbers.

By the Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park, the core attraction of the Inside Passage coastal cruise ship route, is noted for its tidewater glaciers, abundant watchable wildlife, and gorgeous mountain-backed scenery. Here are some statistics that reveal the character of this remarkable park.

By the Numbers: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore features picturesque islands, historic light stations, sandstone cliffs, sea caves, pristine beaches, old-growth forest, and abundant wildlife.

By the Numbers: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history at a convenient location near Fisherman’s Wharf. Here are some statistics that tell the story of this remarkable place.

By the Numbers: Fort Sumter National Monument

The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. One hundred and fifty years later, a national park preserves and interprets the site.

By the Numbers: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Numbers tell the story of a park that offers visitors an abundance of recreational choices spread among half a dozen cultural sites and natural areas in the river corridors and bayous of the New Orleans day-tripper zone.

By the Numbers: Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park, one of Alaska's few road-accessible national parks, is a wonderland of mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. Here are some numbers that tell the story.

By the Numbers: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park preserves some of the world's finest publicly accessible caves.

By the Numbers: Andersonville National Historic Site

Andersonville National Historic Site in southwest Georgia preserves the remains of the Civil War's deadliest prisoner of war camp.

By the Numbers: Cumberland Island National Seashore

Accessible only by boat, Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore features undeveloped beaches, maritime forests, huge marshes, historic structures, abundant wildlife, and more. Here are some numbers that tell the story.

By the Numbers: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes generates interesting statistics, not least because the park has the world's most active volcano, the planet's largest mountain, the longest continuously operating hotel in Hawaii, and other significant distinctions.

By the Numbers: Point Reyes National Seashore

The only national seashore on the West Coast is wondrous to behold, but tough to describe. Here are a few statistics that help take the measure of the place.

By the Numbers: National Monuments

In 1906, the Antiquities Act authorized the president to create national monuments by presidential proclamation. Fifteen presidents serving since then have invoked the Act to protect nationally significant natural and cultural resources.

By the Numbers: World War II Memorial

At the National World War II Memorial, the numbers speak of effort, achievement, and sacrifice on a monumental scale.

By the Numbers: Dry Tortugas National Park

Nearly all of Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park is underwater, but there is a lot more to this amazing place than meets the eye.

By the Numbers: Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Memorial Day will see thousands of people converging on the National Mall. Many will visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its iconic deep-vee black marble wall bearing the names of more than 58,000 American casualties.

By the Numbers: The North Cascades National Park Service Complex

Located less than 90 miles from Seattle, Washington’s sprawling North Cascades National Park Service Complex is a treasure trove of ecological diversity and a rugged wilderness playground for sightseers, hikers, climbers, and boaters.

By the Numbers: Saguaro National Park

Cactus Forest, copyright Kurt Repanshek
This Sonoran Desert park has a split personality, both due to the city of Tucson that lies between the two lobes, and because of the two diverse habitats you'll find in the two districts.

By the Numbers: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Hemmed in by ancient volcanic rocks, the Gunnison River carved a narrow canyon with monolithic rock walls that rise over 2,000 feet above the river. The numbers tell the story of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

By the Numbers: Yosemite National Park Visitor Use

Yosemite entertains millions every year with alpine wilderness, sequoia groves, and a glacier-carved valley of unmatched beauty. Let’s take a look at some interesting visitor use statistics for this big, gorgeous park.

By the Numbers: Shenandoah National Park

Two-thirds of America’s population lives within a day’s drive of Shenandoah National Park, which is located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains just 75 miles west of Washington, DC. Made automobile-convenient by a venerable parkway that winds through its forested mountains, Shenandoah is a recreational cornucopia and a sightseer’s delight.

By the Numbers: The Washington Monument

It’s George Washington’s Birthday, so let’s take a (somewhat lighthearted) statistical look at his most famous monument. I’m betting that there’s at least one number in here that will surprise, shock, or delight you. The best is saved for last.
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