Category Archives: State Parks

State Parks Impact Alabama’s Economy

An earlier story detailed the economic benefits for communities located near national parks and other recreation and scenic hot spots. The National Park Service concluded that, nationwide, the country’s parks contributed more than $14.7 billion to gateway communities in 2012. … Continue reading

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How to Search for Diamonds?

One of the difficult things about searching for diamonds is the fact the best way to find those sparkly gems is not obvious. So, as in other things in life, a little knowledge can go a long way to save … Continue reading

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Georgia DNR Launches Interactive Recreation Map

From the majestic ridges and valleys of northwest Georgia to the marshes of Glynn County on the coast, the state of Georgia is fortunate to have a diversity of natural and cultural resources for residents and visitors to enjoy. The … Continue reading

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Arizona State Parks Employ Homeless Veterans as Rangers

A program that has been launched in Arizona, working in partnership with a host of public and private agencies, is putting homeless veterans to work. The program is called the Arizona Action Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans. Employing the … Continue reading

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Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

Alabama’s Gulf beaches and Gulf State Park are the largest tourism attractions in the state, overwhelmingly so, according to the new attendance figures released last week by the Alabama Tourism Department. The state’s largest stand-alone festival events, located about 20 miles … Continue reading

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Frisch Auf: Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site

Beyond its Czech past, La Grange also holds a rich German and Texan history. To explore both, we drove 1 mile south of La Grange to Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Site. From the La Grange town square … Continue reading

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Top 6 Birding Hotspots in Southeastern Arizona

Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together. The abrupt rise of mountains like the Huachucas from the surrounding arid grasslands creates “sky islands” harboring … Continue reading

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Valley of Fire State Park: Simply WOW!

The lights! The glitz! The shine! From the bizarre to the beautiful, Las Vegas has it all: New York, NY, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Paris—and the Bellagio water fountain show. When the neon of Vegas becomes too much, head … Continue reading

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Alabama State Parks Celebrate 75 Years

From the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Alabama State Parks reflect every facet of the state’s rich natural landscape and in 2014 the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone—its 75th anniversary. The parks system preserves … Continue reading

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Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

For most of us, New Year’s traditions revolve around indoor activities—eating and watching football. However, an outdoor activity could make your holiday rituals even more fun and an invigorating way to kick off the New Year. America’s State Parks First … Continue reading

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