Geothermal Weirdness, Volcanic Landscapes, and Stunning Beauty

When it comes to National Parks with steamy geothermal features, people usually think of Yellowstone National Park—but it’s certainly not the only park that’s hot to trot. There’s also California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park. On June 14, 1914, three men climbed Lassen Peak to see why a seemingly dormant volcano had started rumbling 16 days […]

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Discover 5 of California’s Best-kept Secrets

Think you’ve seen all of California? Think again. We traveled to five different remote locations to discover some of California’s lesser-known attractions. From an active volcano to a wine country destination to an historic honky-tonk, these locations make great trips for those who like to explore a little off the beaten path. Discover these five […]

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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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Lassen Volcanic National Park: Exploring a Restless Landscape

Here, on the Cascade Range in Northern California, we’re gaping at a large pool of bubbling mud the color of mushroom soup gone very, very bad. A rotten-egg smell fills the air. The smell is hydrogen sulfide. After all, we’re at a place called the Sulphur Works. One hundred eighty-one degrees. Impressive. The interesting thing […]

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National Parks That Excel During Winter

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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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