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Denise D'Ascenzo talks about her family trips to national parks

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WFSB Anchor Denise D'Ascenzo decided to scrap her traditional vacation plan for a little adventure as she visits national parks across the United States.

When most people think of summer, they think of soaking up the sun, the sand, and the surf, but D'Ascenzo and her family go to national parks.

They have visited 12 of the 58 national parks in America. D'Ascenzo said her favorite park, so far, is Yosemite in California.

“One of the most breathtaking places on the planet! We were here two years ago,” D'Ascenzo said.

While at the national parks, D'Ascenzo said she loves to take in nature. She added that visiting a national park an opportunity to see nature, undisturbed. D'Ascenzo said that's because of the park service wants to keep it that way.

D'Ascenzo said when she visited every park, her family was instructed not to feed wild animals or leave food or trash in the car.

“It's just not safe for man or beast,” D'Ascenzo said.

The national parks offer a boundless canvas for anyone who enjoys photography, according to D'Ascenzo. She added taking pictures is how we passed the time.

Her daughter, Kathryn is an avid photographer. She never tires of pointing her lens at the landscape and D'Ascenzo said her family never tire of watching her work.

D'Ascenzo said some of her favorite photos are from Death Valley in California, which is the hottest place on earth. D'Ascenzo said when they visited last summer, the temperature hit 123 degrees!

During that trip, they saw the incredible salt flats in Badwater Basin and stood at the lowest place in North America, 282 feet below sea level!

On that same road trip last year, D'Ascenzo and her family also saw the Grand Canyon. However, she said the photos cannot do it justice or another geological wonder in Arizona, the Petrified National Forest.

Then D'Ascenzo and her family drove north to Utah to see the majesty of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Park.

No matter which park they visited, D'Ascenzo said she and her family returned from their family vacation a little more enlightened, a little more inspired and a little more in awe of the glorious beauty of America.

The great preservationist John Muir, the man behind Yosemite and the national park system, perhaps said it best.

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more -- than he seeks,” Muir is famously quoted.

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