Ken Burns has covered Baseball, The Civil War, Jazz, Lewis & Clark and many other uniquely American topics. Later this month he debuts his latest feature on America’s National park system. Having visited a number of popular as well as lesser known National Parks I can’t wait to watch this series and to learn more about just how these magical places came to be.
While in Zion Canyon in Southern Utah this summer I tried to stress upon my kids that these are special places that have been set aside for us. The natural beauty of the landscape is not spoiled by commercialism or greed. Sure they may be crowded at times and there can be traffic, but shouldn’t we be glad that given all the vacation opportunities in the World that people still flock to Yosemite, Yellowstone and The Grand Canyon.
Whether camping for a week or just passing through, by car or on foot, these are some of the most beautiful places on Earth. I’m glad Ken Burns took the time to explore just how they came to be set aside for us.
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea airs on PBS stations starting September 27th. Check your local listings.