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America the Beautiful: National Park Service turns 99

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Crater Lake in Oregon is just one of 408 national parks that will be open for free Tuesday. Crater Lake in Oregon is just one of 408 national parks that will be open for free Tuesday.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The National Park Service is nearing a milestone as it celebrates its 99th birthday Tuesday.

Congress established the National Park Service on August 25, 1916 to care for and protect the growing number of national parks in the United States.

The very first of those parks was Yellowstone National Park, which became the world's first national park in 1872, thanks to a law signed by President Ulysses S. Grant.

You can celebrate the National Park Service's birthday by enjoying any of the country's 408 national parks for free Tuesday.

It's a great opportunity to make one more family trip before the summer is over (if school hasn't already started in your area).

Don't know where your nearest national park is? Click here to find out.

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