Numerous Southerners may not understand 10 of the country’s 59 national parks are right here in our terrace. Whether it’s the sprawling desert of Big Bend in Texas to the rich woodlands of Shenandoah in Virginia, the South is home to (what we believe are) a portion of the best national parks around. That, as well as a portion of the most established ones are here, as well. Truth be told, Hot Springs Reservation in Arkansas was built up in 1832—40 years before even Yellowstone was authoritatively assigned a national park. So to pay tribute to 100 years of the National Park Service, here are five reasons why we think you ought to pencil in a weekend at a national park—and soon.