The Sunset Wars: Two National Parks and Then There Were More

The deserts are noted for creating some of the most colorful real life art works of nature. Arizona is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and sunrises. Nowhere else in the world can claim such brilliant and colorful sunsets with vibrant colors and a dramatic landscape to match. The sun goes down in Arizona like it […]

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Where Are America’s Best Kept Secrets? Think Dakotas!

As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? In this post, we’ll explore two such parks in the Dakotas. The attraction: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota (2.4 million visits) The alternative: Badlands National Park, South Dakota (868,000 visitors) Location: About 85 miles east of Mount Rushmore National […]

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National Park Service Will See $256M in Infrastructure Spending

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced more than $256 million in approved funding to rebuild “critical” national park infrastructure, according to a news release. “Dire maintenance and repair needs that contribute to the $11.6 billion backlog currently facing the nation’s national parks,” according to the release. Roads, bridges, trails, water systems, and visitor centers—even […]

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Geothermal Weirdness, Volcanic Landscapes, and Stunning Beauty

When it comes to National Parks with steamy geothermal features, people usually think of Yellowstone National Park—but it’s certainly not the only park that’s hot to trot. There’s also California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. On June 14, 1914, three men climbed Lassen Peak to see why a seemingly dormant volcano had started rumbling 16 days […]

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4 Midwest RV Travel Gems

Owning an recreational vehicle is the greatest way to explore all of the natural beauty, unique architecture, and diverse culture that exists throughout this magnificent world of ours. It’s a freedom unlike anything other, providing you and your family with countless opportunities for learning and growth. Still, after several years of traveling, it can be difficult to […]

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These State Parks Have All the Beauty of National Parks and None of the Crowds

Every year from Washington to Virginia and Montana to Arizona, throngs pour into U.S. national parks and preserves to climb towering cliffs, hike through misty forests, and capture the perfect selfie at the grandest of canyons. Widespread appreciation for protected lands is a good thing, but national parks’ overwhelming popularity also has downsides. There are […]

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A Photographer’s Guide To The American West

From west to east and north to south, we have toured and photographed numerous National Parks Service sites including national parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national seashores, and national historic sites and parks. These parks offer a cross-section of the best of the best for scenic beauty and historic significance across America. The most […]

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