"The nation's best idea" is a pretty bold claim, but if anyone can make it [and uphold their end of the bargain], it would be the National Park system. To curate some of the nations most beautiful areas, put them under protection, and hire staff to help preserve them for generations to come is, admittedly, a pretty brilliant idea.
Although I've been to a few National Parks: Badlands - South Dakota, Glacier Bay - Alaska, Great Smoky Mountains - Tennessee, nothing really compares to how incredible it is to live near one. Rocky Mountain National Park has quickly become a staple in my life here in Colorado. I can only go a few week without visiting again, and my desire for more of it is nearly insatiable. Until I moved here, I only appreciated the beauty of these parks, not their importance to society. I don't have adequate words for how incredible it is to take a quick drive and end up in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by enormous mountain peaks and [seemingly] untouched land, breathing pure, albeit thin, air. I think it's something people can't really appreciate fully unless it's their daily life, which unfortunately isn't possible.
But thanks to 9 years of The National Park Service, these places will be around for everyone for quite a while longer.
I think what I'm trying to say is that I'm so glad I moved here. Colorado feels like home, and a large part of that is because of the National Park in my backyard.