Itasca State Park, located in northern Minnesota, was established on April 20, 1891 making it the state's oldest state park and the second oldest in the United States (behind Niagra Falls). It covers more than 32,000 acres, contains 100 lakes and is home to 141 bird and 53 mammal species. Itasca State Park is also known for being the site of the source of the Mississippi River. It was named a National Natural Landmark in 1965 and to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. As a result, about 500,000 people visit Itasca State Park annually. A visit to this American gem could include seeing the Itasca Indian Cemetary or exploring the 2,000 acre Wilderness Sanctuary. Boating, biking, hunting, and camping are also great options. With all of the negativity going on within the U.S., it's always great to celebrate the beauty that does exist in this country.
For more information about Itasca State Park, please see: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/itasca/index.html