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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National Parks Service Centennial: 10 Great Bargains

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

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

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

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

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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