Why The World Needs More Campers

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Summer is in full swing: hot temperatures, afternoon and evening thunderstorms, beautiful sunrises and sunsets—and camping. While it has been a record year for campgrounds and RV parks, I am convinced the world needs more campers. Stay with me, as this comment is not about occupancy rates or empty sites, it’s about campers.  The campers you […]

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Clemson University & National Park Service Release Open Parks Network

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Clemson University and the National Park Service have released the Open Parks Network, a digital gallery of rare and unique material from the archives of America’s national parks, historic sites, and battlefields. The network’s website is growing perpetually and currently features more than 100,000 high-resolution, public domain images. The project team is adding 40 photo albums of material […]

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Immense Cliffs & Stunning Overlooks: Dead Horse Point

Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. The park lies on the same broad mesa as The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Featuring immense cliffs carved by the elements and stunning overlooks, Dead Horse Point State Park draws you in with its breathtaking landscapes, dark starlit skies, and […]

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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway: Scenic Byway to Mount St. Helens

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The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is the only scenic byway in the U.S. that penetrates a fresh volcanic blast zone. This scenic and historic route is a 52-mile journey into the scene of epic destruction that Mount St. Helens caused when it erupted on May 18, 1980. Along the way, experience the enormous geologic, economic, and […]

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Alpine Helen: Heart of Bavaria in the Blue Ridge Mountains


Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the gently flowing Chattahoochee River, Helen is a re-creation of a Bavarian Alpine village, complete with new buildings, old-world trim and detail, and cobblestone alleys. The history of Helen and the surrounding areas offers a fascinating variety of stories that include some of the earliest native hunters and […]

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