Turn Memorial Day Into a Weeklong Vacation

Looking forward to barbecues and RVing over Memorial Day weekend? Why not extend your stay for even more fun in the sun? Consider the following driving routes and destinations. Sequoia and Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks, California Every year 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park to marvel at its soaring granite walls. But […]

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Union Pacific Announces National Park Foundation Partnership

Union Pacific’s history with the national parks started with creating iconic western parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley, when the railroad provided access to pristine landscapes that were otherwise virtually impossible to visit. Union Pacific recently announced a new commitment to help preserve America’s most unique and inspiring spaces with its multi-year, […]

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National Parks Are Major Job Creators

According to a new National Park Service report, visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2017 resulted in a $35.8 billion benefit to the nation’s economy—a nearly $1 billion increase from 2016—and supported 306,000 jobs. More than 330 million visitors in 2017 spent $18.2 billion in the communities near national parks. Of the 306,000 […]

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Jacksonville: The Historic Small Town That Never Gets Old

Gold fever, wagon trains, Indian uprisings, epidemics, and the settlement of a new frontier are all part of Jacksonville’s heritage. The historical small town of Jacksonville is located about seven miles west of Medford and fifteen miles north of Ashland, Oregon. Jacksonville is one of the most historically significant communities in the western United States. […]

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Travel Experience Like None Other: Monument Valley & Northeastern Arizona

Head into the vast landscape of northeastern Arizona and it’s as if you’ve entered another world. Highways roll endlessly along plains with not a soul in sight. The land rises imperceptibly, cliffs reveal themselves in the distance. Further exploration uncovers a canyon where ancient people once made their homes—and where some live still. The road leads on […]

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National Park Service Sets Recreation Visits Record in 2017

The National Park Service (NPS) announced 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017—almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more time in parks during their 2017 visits compared to 2016. Increased attendance at parks, 1.5 billion visits in the last five years, also means aging park facilities […]

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