Wagon Station Encampment: Retreat, Residency & Campground

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Like a scene from a science fiction movie, the Wagon Station Encampment, consists of 10 sleeping pods, called wagon stations, as well as a communal outdoor kitchen, open-air showers, and composting toilets. The experimental project was conceived by artist Andrea Zittel who describes the encampment as “a cross between a retreat and a residency and a […]

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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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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

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It’s time to celebrate! The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. In honor of this amazing year, we have launched an on-going series on America’s National Parks Centennial, dedicated to the enjoyment and beauty of America’s national parks. The Act of March 1, 1872 established Yellowstone National Park as a public park. Following the establishment of […]

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Out & About In Southern California

Located in Palm Desert, the world famous El Paseo Shopping District features over 300 world-class shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, jewelers, and restaurants lined along a picture-postcard floral and statue-filled mile. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Southern California boasts a diverse geographical terrain—you can experience the desert, sandy beaches, and snow-capped mountains all within just a few hour’s drive. Start your Southern California journey with something sweet by visiting Shields Date Garden in Indio and you’ll find yourself in a date oasis where the Shields have been growing their own since […]

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Celebrate National Parks Centennial With Unforgettable Experiences

In addition to desert flora and fauna, the western part of Joshua Tree National Park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As an RVer who has explored national parks across America, it’s easy to agree with author Wallace Stegner, who called these treasures the best idea America has ever had. In honor of this year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, here’s my list of unforgettable experiences in these natural and historical gems. 1.  Explore […]

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National Parks That Excel During Winter

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Compiling a list of America’s prettiest national parks is no small task. Even if limiting yourself to the winter season and excluding all national monuments and recreation and wilderness areas, you’re still left with 59 spectacular contenders including the likes of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone. Who could accurately rank even these three, much less […]

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