National Parks Offer More Than Nature

National Parks date back to 1872, so it might seem a little unusual that they’re celebrating their centennial this year. It’s because the agency that manages the parks—the U.S. National Park Service—wasn’t created until 1916. So who gets credit for creating the national parks? Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872, and it was President […]

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Earthly Paradise: Zion National Park

When it comes to standing in awe of nature’s magnificence, it’s hard to beat the Grand Circle Tour—especially the northern arc that carves across southern Utah and encompasses Zion National Park at the western edge and Arches National Park to the east. In between are the natural wonders of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Natural Bridges […]

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Forest Heritage Scenic Byway & Cradle of Forestry Historic Site

Travel back in time and explore history and beautiful scenery on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (U.S. 276) through the Pisgah National Forest. As you wind your way on old settlement roads past mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, imagine how this landscape looked decades ago when modern forestry began. Begin your driving journey at the […]

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New River Gorge National River: A River Runs Through It

Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River preserves over 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville from Bluestone Dam to Hawk’s Nest Lake. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history with an abundance of scenic and […]

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National Parks Service Centennial: 10 Great Bargains

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Parks Service. Reflecting on the tremendous value that America’s national parks represent, following are 10 great bargains available to national park visitors. Free Admission Days Each year, the National Park Service offers nine to 16 admission-free days for all visitors. The fee-free days include Martin Luther […]

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Celebrating 100 years of National Parks Service

Spider Rock, the unofficial symbol of Canyon de Chelly, is a sandstone obelisk that rises more than 800 feet from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Parks Service turns 100 years old on Thursday. According to the National Parks Service, visitation reached an all-time high in 2015, with more than 307 million visitors. As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this week, many of the parks nationwide have planned special festivals and programs to mark the anniversaries of […]

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