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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America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks

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The past century-and-a-half has seen the creation of two organizations that work together to protect America’s national treasures. After the first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872 to protect the natural beauty of its world-famous geyser basins and wildlife, the U.S. National Park Service was founded in 1916—and now oversees the preservation of hundreds […]

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Top 3 Photogenic National Parks

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National parks offer some of the most iconic views and beautiful landscapes. Here are three of the best and most photogenic national parks to enjoy and explore. Bryce Canyon National Park With a landscape seemingly borne out of fantasy, Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah is home to spectacular geological formations called hoodoos, sculpted by […]

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National Parks Have Never Been More Popular


As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in August, the national parks have never been more popular. Total recreational visits to all NPS sites topped 300 million in 2015, an astounding 14 million increase from 2014. In addition to the 58 national parks, National Park Service sites include national monuments, national recreation areas, national lakeshores and […]

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National Parks Offer Variety: Something For Everyone

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National parks come in all sizes and shapes, offering nothing if not variety. From scenic to sensational, history to mystery; from the cool forests of Sequoia National Park to the barren heat of Death Valley to the remote Capitol Reef National Park, which is 78 miles away from the nearest traffic light, to South Caroina’s Congaree National Park, largest […]

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13 Icons That Describe Arizona

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Try and describe Arizona—its history, geography, and cultures—and a few iconic names and places likely come to mind. At some point, you’ll get around to explaining how people living in Arizona’s deserts survive the scorch of summer. But you probably won’t be able to hide your bliss about what keeps you and other snowbirds returning […]

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Celebrate National Parks Centennial With Unforgettable Experiences

In addition to desert flora and fauna, the western part of Joshua Tree National Park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As an RVer who has explored national parks across America, it’s easy to agree with author Wallace Stegner, who called these treasures the best idea America has ever had. In honor of this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, here’s my list of unforgettable experiences in these natural and historical gems. 1.  Explore […]

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