Dauphin Island: Jewel of the Gulf Coast

Ravaged by centuries of hurricanes and war, Dauphin Island has emerged as one of the most beautiful and peaceful settings on the Gulf Coast. Located at the mouth of Mobile Bay, the barrier island on the Alabama coast offers beautiful beaches, pristine environments, coastal amenities, and a rich history. It is truly a jewel of the Gulf Coast. Long before Spanish and […]

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Exploring Historic Denham Springs & Livingston Parish

Shortly after settling into Lakeside RV Park we oriented ourselves to the area (Livingston Parish) with a day trip to Denham Springs. Livingston Parish is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Easy-on, easy-off (I-12; Exit 22), Lakeside RV Park is big-rig friendly with back-in and pull-through sites. Our back-in site is in the 55-60 […]

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4 Ecosystems Meet At Coronado National Memorial

Four major ecosystems meet in Southeastern Arizona: the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Madre. This is a beautiful natural area with an unlimited supply of interesting sights to visit. The San Pedro River valley attracts hikers and birders because of the variety of species that live there. Bisbee is a friendly, funky place to wander and explore. Tombstone trades on a […]

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History Comes Alive At Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson State Historic Site

History comes alive at Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson State Historic Site where Creek Indians, French Marines, and American Soldiers all left their marks. Located just south of Wetumpka on a forested bluff where the Coosa and Tallapoosa rivers meet to form the headwaters of the Alabama River, we enjoyed 165 acres of living history and natural […]

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Volcanoes That Built National Parks

Volcanic processes are constantly changing the Earth. Eruptions can create new islands, build and destroy mountains, and alter landscapes. Active, dormant, and ancient remnants of eruptions are all contained within America’s national parks. Many features we see when visiting the national parks are created by volcanic processes such as geysers, ash flows, and hot springs. […]

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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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