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17 Reasons Why The U.S. National Parks Are A Big Waste Of Space

Forests, mountains... They all begin to look the same eventually.

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The national parks are all just a bunch of forests and mountains, right?

Zion National Park, Utah.
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Zion National Park, Utah.

So the experience just can't be any better than what you might see in pictures.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
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Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Not to mention that the parks are just so far away from everything and take FOREVER to get to!

Governors Island, New York.
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Governors Island, New York.

Why go somewhere that you could just dream about from the comfort of your own bed?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

The things you would see are just so...ordinary.

Mount Rushmore National Park, South Dakota.
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Mount Rushmore National Park, South Dakota.

We should just accept that these crazy things get built without ever wondering why.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Missouri.
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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Missouri.

Important things pretty much never happen in these parts.

The National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
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The National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

Let's just leave life-altering history to the textbooks.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia.
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Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Georgia.

There's just nothing cool to see if you are not the "outdoorsy" type.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California.

And all old buildings pretty much look the same, right?

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, Texas.
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San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, Texas.

You know what else looks the same? Stars. No need to see them by the hundreds.

Joshua Tree National Park, California.
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Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Winter landscapes are just way too stressful.

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.

And there are no enjoyable cold weather activities.

Denali National Park, Alaska.
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Denali National Park, Alaska.

Let's just not even mention that frozen tundra also known as New England.

Minute Man National Historic Park, Massachusetts.
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Minute Man National Historic Park, Massachusetts.

And don't get me started on those Everglades. Just a bunch of croc-infested swamps.

Everglades National Park, Florida.
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Everglades National Park, Florida.

By the way, geysers are totally normal and they happen pretty much everywhere.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

And walking among trees that were standing when Jesus walked the earth is, like, no big deal whatsoever.

Yosemite National Park, California.
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Yosemite National Park, California.

Ok, OK, you get the point. The parks aren't a TOTAL waste of space. In fact, they are sort of awesome.

So, please, vote for your favorite park!

Partners in Preservation is giving $2 million in grant aid to restore your favorite park's historical structures. Visit VoteYourPark.org to help your favorite parks get a makeover!

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