national park


Definition of national park 

: an area of special scenic, historical, or scientific importance set aside and maintained by a national government and in the U.S. by an act of Congress

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She is expected to be charged with national park regulations or public use limit; trespassing; disorderly conduct, and interfering with government functions., "Here Is Everything We Know About The Badass Black Woman Who Climbed The Statue Of Liberty," 5 July 2018 The last time the government shut down, in 2013, the Obama administration was attacked for closing national parks, monuments, and museums. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why the Statue of Liberty and Grand Canyon Are Still Open During the Shutdown," 22 Jan. 2018 Tremors that shook the ground around the volcano on Wednesday damaged several buildings and roads at the national park, and officials said more quakes are expected as the lava from Kilauea’s crater continues to drain. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Volcano Shoots Ash Cloud Over Hawaii’s Big Island," 17 May 2018 Renting a room is even cheaper in Viñales, a tobacco and coffee farming village southwest of the capital, home to a national park of limestone cliffs and verdant hills. Krista Soriano, Esquire, "7 Days in Cuba on $700," 26 Oct. 2015 The tours, seven in total, visit Yellowstone National Park, the Canadian Rockies, Utah's national parks and Costa Rica. Diane Daniel,, "'Transformative travel' is the industry's latest twist on making vacations more meaningful," 13 July 2018 And national parks, of course, are almost entirely off-limits for private development. Carey Jones, Vogue, "On a Remote Glacier in the Middle of Alaska, I Learned the Magic of Disconnecting," 12 July 2018 Elias National Park, the biggest national park in the United States. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Amid the ruins of the Kennecott mine, a quiet new look at a unique slice of history," 26 June 2018 Under Canvas operates seasonal glamping resorts near national parks, among them Yellowstone, Zion and Glacier. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Glamping Slips Into the Mainstream," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of national park

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of national park

: an area of land that is owned and protected by a national government because of its natural beauty or its importance to history or science

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