Now that the holidays are behind us, our focus is on the future and the adventures that 2021 might bring. We spent much of 2020 in our art studio in Nashville, creating new designs in the classic, vintage poster style of the mid-20th century. We hand-rendered more artwork this past year than perhaps any other! But now we feel that wanderlust pulling at us again, and we hope 2021 will bring safe travel opportunities for our artists and ADG staff.
Following are four National Parks that we'd like to visit in 2021 (assuming we can do so safely, of course). We've created vintage poster art for each of the following parks, so be sure to check out our 63 American National Parks Collection if these parks catch your eye!
Grand Canyon National Park
Home to one of the most impressive and stunning geological formations in the world, Grand Canyon National Park was designated in 1919 to conserve the Grand Canyon and much of the surrounding wilderness.
Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is so massive; it's bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island! The canyon was carved by wind and water erosion over the course of 6 million years, and it is still being formed and altered to this day. The canyon has many hiking trails, rafting and kayaking opportunities, caves, lookouts, skiing and snowshoeing trails, and more. Visitors can enjoy popular attractions like Tuweep Overlook, the North Rim, the Skywalk, and Mather Point.
Inspired by the panoramic majesty of Grand Canyon National Park, ADG award-winning poster artists hand-rendered several original poster designs of the park and the wildlife that calls it home. And to learn more about the vital conservation work being done in Grand Canyon National Park, check out the Grand Canyon Conservancy.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) holds a special place in our hearts, partially because this park is practically in our backyard! We've created dozens of original, vintage National Park poster designs of GRSM, and we've traveled to this park seeking inspiration and adventure multiple times.
Located in Tennessee and North Carolina, GRSM is the most-visited National Park in the U.S., and understandably so! It is stunningly beautiful during all seasons of the year. We enjoy visiting the park during the late-autumn, as we can avoid much of the summer crowds while still getting to see some stunning autumn colors.
For inspiration and travel ideas for your own trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, check out our vintage designs! We've created classic poster art for each attraction in the park. And to learn more about the valuable conservation efforts being worked on in America's favorite park, check out the Great Smoky Mountains Association.
Yosemite National Park
From the fiery glow of Yosemite's mountain peaks at sunset to the stunning and almost fairytale-like verdant Yosemite Valley, to the park's waterfalls, rivers, and forests, Yosemite National Park is a protected land unlike any other. The park is best known for its towering granite monoliths, ancient giant sequoias, and deep valleys.
Located in California, Yosemite became a National Park in 1890, making it just the third protected land in the U.S. to earn the designation of "National Park." Today, the park amazes thousands of visitors each year, offering endless scenic outlooks, pleasant hiking trails, great campsites, lakes, rivers, rock climbing, and more.
One of our top travel destinations on the park roster, our team of poster artists has created multiple original renditions of Yosemite in the form of vintage National Park art. Check out the artwork for travel inspiration, and don't forget also to visit the Yosemite Conservancy!
Yellowstone National Park
The first public land to ever be protected as a National Park, Yellowstone has always felt just a little bit special. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park was officially designated in 1872, and the park is over 3,472 square miles in size (that's 2,221,766 acres of protected land!) The park is home to more than 10,000 hydrothermal features, at least 500 of which are active geysers. Yellowstone is also home to the largest high elevation lake in North America, and the park is also home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states.
In addition to the fascinating archaeological sites, waterfalls, hiking trails, and some 720,000 archived museum items, Yellowstone National Park offers some of the most stunning wilderness views in North America. If you travel there in 2021, be prepared to take lots of pictures!
Parks and Poster Art - 2021 Done Right!
If you're planning a trip to any of the 63 American National Parks in 2021, the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yosemite, and Yellowstone could all be excellent choices for you. But don't forget, there are now 63 parks in total, and no matter where you live in the lower 48 states, there is probably a National Park less than a day's drive from you! In fact, earlier in 2020, we wrote a blog about seven National Parks that, no matter where you're located, you're almost certainly a day's drive from at least one of those parks. If you need good resources for planning a trip, our Adventure Guide Book and our Coffee Table Books are full of travel tips, photos, and of course, cool poster art!
Here's to 2021, a year where we hope to travel safely and seek inspiration, growth, and excitement! (But not too much excitement).
Happy New Year!
Anderson Design Group Writing Staff