I made a promise to myself that when I turned 40 I would travel more, and that's exactly what I did last week.

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680 miles, 12 hours in the car and it was probably ne of the best vacation s I have ever had. Last week the family and I headed to the Wisconsin Dells to take on waters slides, mini-golf and eating at local restaurants. Here are a few things you should try if you ever find yourself in the Wisconsin Dells.

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LOOK: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America's national parks

Today these parks are located throughout the country in 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The land encompassing them was either purchased or donated, though much of it had been inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world, and as spaces for exploration.

Keep scrolling for 50 vintage photos that show the beauty of America's national parks.