Small Wonders: The Teeniest National Park Sites

National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller packages. With over 14 official designations and several unique titles, the National Park Service is very specific when it comes to defining their parks. Generally, the smaller national parks tend to have a greater connection […]

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Cades Cove: A Pioneer Paradise

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the ancient Southern Appalachians, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is almost as renowned for its well-preserved pioneer settlements as for its natural beauty. More than 90 historic structures—homes, barns, churches, and gristmills—have been preserved here, including the largest collection of log structures in the eastern United […]

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Mysterious Abandonment Of Hovenweep

In the high desert country which straddles the border between southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado, the Hovenweep ruins with their mysterious towers induce a strange silence, something you cannot quite explain. At the famed Mesa Verde ruins, forty or fifty miles to the east of Hovenweep, you hear the shouts of excited children, the scoldings of […]

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The Enchantment of New Mexico: San Antonio & Bosque del Apache

The Land of Enchantment, the state motto of New Mexico, is certainly an apt description of a state with diverse landscape and population. This is a state in which the air is crisp, the water fresh, and the people warm and friendly. We begin in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. Albuquerque and its suburbs have […]

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Exploring the Largest National Parks & Recreation Areas

Interest in national parks has soared in recent years. In fact, total visits to U.S. national parks exceeded the population of the nation in 2016 alone. Exploring the majestic scenery, hiking the trails, and camping in your RV are just some of the experiences visitors to national parks can relish. With over 14 official designations […]

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in the ancient Southern Appalachians, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is almost as renowned for its well-preserved pioneer settlements as for its natural beauty. More than 90 historic structures—homes, barns, churches, and gristmills—have been preserved here, including the largest collection of log structures in the eastern United […]

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See the Fall Leaves Near Utah’s National Parks

Often overlooked for New England or the Smoky Mountains, Utah’s wide array of forests and state and national parks—each located at different elevations and receiving varying amounts of rainfall—make for a diverse foliage spectacle. Utah’s geography creates a multitude of peak viewing times throughout the state, so you can come early or late in the […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Mountain Majesty

One of the most scenic roads in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a 469-mile road that winds along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains providing an unique view of picturesque landscape and history. The Parkway connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park at the north end with North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the south […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Deferred Maintenance

Mesa Verde National Park offers an excellent opportunity to see and experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between AD 600 and 1300 when the Ancestral Puebloans migrated from the area. Visitors may walk, drive, or take a bus tour through the park. Hiking and climbing ladders in […]

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