Joshua Tree National Park: Otherworldly Desert Wonderland

America’s national parks are busier than ever with most reporting a record number of visitors during the past several years. But the beautiful thing is that once you’re out hiking a trail, there’s plenty of room for all. For the first time in its 74-year history, Joshua Tree National Park topped the 2-million visitor mark in 2015. […]

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument: People Still Live Here & I Can See Why

A comparatively little-known canyon, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “de shay”) has sandstone walls rising up to 1,000 feet, scenic overlooks, well-preserved Anasazi ruins, and an insight into the present day life of the Navajo, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor. People have lived in the canyon for more than 5,000 years, archaeologists believe, making it […]

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National Parks Offer More Than Nature

National Parks date back to 1872, so it might seem a little unusual that they’re celebrating their centennial this year. It’s because the agency that manages the parks—the U.S. National Park Service—wasn’t created until 1916. So who gets credit for creating the national parks? Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872, and it was President […]

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Earthly Paradise: Zion National Park

When it comes to standing in awe of nature’s magnificence, it’s hard to beat the Grand Circle Tour—especially the northern arc that carves across southern Utah and encompasses Zion National Park at the western edge and Arches National Park to the east. In between are the natural wonders of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Natural Bridges […]

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Forest Heritage Scenic Byway & Cradle of Forestry Historic Site

Travel back in time and explore history and beautiful scenery on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (U.S. 276) through the Pisgah National Forest. As you wind your way on old settlement roads past mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls, imagine how this landscape looked decades ago when modern forestry began. Begin your driving journey at the […]

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New River Gorge National River: A River Runs Through It

Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River preserves over 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville from Bluestone Dam to Hawk’s Nest Lake. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history with an abundance of scenic and […]

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