National Parks Service Centennial: 10 Great Bargains

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Parks Service. Reflecting on the tremendous value that America’s national parks represent, following are 10 great bargains available to national park visitors. Free Admission Days Each year, the National Park Service offers nine to 16 admission-free days for all visitors. The fee-free days include Martin Luther […]

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100 Years of National Parks: 5 Ways To Celebrate

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On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100. What’s the perfect gift for a centennial birthday? Yourself! Get out there and enjoy America’s National Parks! Here are five ways you can celebrate: Paddle a River The marked Cedar Creek Canoe Trail winds approximately 15 miles through the Congaree National Park (South Carolina), starting […]

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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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Mesa Verde National Park: Look Back In Time 1,000 Years

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Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 5,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the […]

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Get Immersed in Caves: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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The Chihuahuan Desert, studded with spiky plants and lizards, offers little hint that what Will Rogers called the “Grand Canyon with a roof on it” waits underground. Yet, at this desert’s northern reaches, underneath the Guadalupe Mountains, lies one of the deepest, largest, and most ornate caverns ever found. High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky […]

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More Than Scenic Beauty: National Parks Preserve History & Culture

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The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25. But what’s a party without people? In fact, while many visitors think of national parks as places to experience nature, they also preserve unique resources that tell stories about the historic journey of the nation and everyday lives of people. Along with protecting natural […]

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Celebrate the National Park Service 100th Birthday: #FindYourPark During August

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The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the month of August. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark for the centennial. “August—our […]

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