COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: National Parks: Explore the Nation Review

Updated: 02/11/2013 9:03 AM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

As a kid my family traveled a lot. Every summer we would take a long vacation somewhere. We sometimes went to the Wisconsin Dells, sometimes we went to South Dakota and there were the occasional trips to Florida.

One of my fondest memories was the time we drove to Florida, because I saw so many amazing things that I had never seen before. We drove through the Smokey Mountains and stopped at many different national parks along the way. 

When we were in Florida we took an airboat ride through the Everglades and it was amazing and one of the coolest things that I have ever done.

Last week Mill Creek Entertainment sent me a review copy of their “National Parks: Explore the Nation” DVD set. The six disc set contains over fourteen hours of breathtaking and stunning video of the most visited National Parks in the United States. The documentaries were filmed exclusively for Mill Creek Entertainment by Centre Communications.

Each DVD focuses on a specific National Park and they all contain interviews with Park Rangers, authors, geologists and historians. The video is set to music along with a very interesting and informative narration. I thought that all of the interviews were really well done and felt that the people who were chosen to do the interviews did an excellent job explaining the history, geology, wildlife, eco systems and all of the special features of the National Parks.

The visuals and scenery in each DVD is stunning and spectacular. The beauty of each National Park is captured magnificently. You get a bird’s eye view of all the mountain ranges, canyons and swamps along with some amazing views of the geysers in Yellowstone National Park.

Another thing that I really liked about the videos was that you really get to see the landscapes and natural formations from a different perspective. There are many spectacular Aerial shots though the Grand Canyon and Badlands that most tourists don’t get to see.

One thing that I really enjoyed was the cave tours. A few of the National Parks have caves that tourists can go down inside and it was amazing seeing some of them. For example in the “Black Hills and The Badlands: Gateway to the West,” you get to go down inside the “Jewel Cave” and you can see all the beautiful formations that have been created naturally underground.  I really thought that this was very fascinating.

The DVD’s that are included in the set are:

I really enjoyed Mill Creek Entertainment’s “National Parks: Explore the Nation” a lot. I learned a lot about each National Park and thought that all of video and interviews were spectacular. I think people who like to travel or want to see some of the amazing features of the most popular National Parks in the United States will really enjoy this set. 

Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed this set a lot and it brought back a lot of great family memories of our many road trips across the United States.

To learn more about Mill Creek Entertainment and their products go to www.millcreelent.com

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.