Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowds along the Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site parade route. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
The U.S. Park Police Motorcycle Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
The U.S. Park Police Honor Guard passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
U.S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wave during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
Vice President Joe Biden applauds during the inaugural parade. Photo: Tami A. Heilemann - Office of Communications
Officer John Lynch of NY Field Office stands watch during the inaugural parade. Photo: Robert Turner U.S. Park Police
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President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term Jan. 20, with a public celebration and a repeat of his oath of office on Jan. 21.
The National Park Service has been at the center of planning presidential inaugurations for more than 70 years. The NPS is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of some of the most important locations used during inaugurations, from the National Mall to the inaugural Parade route to the site of the Presidential reviewing stand. Two National Parks- President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks- play a role in the event.
The NPS also works in a support role to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) , the Armed Forces Inaugural Committe (AFIC) and the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).