These State Parks Have All the Beauty of National Parks and None of the Crowds

Every year from Washington to Virginia and Montana to Arizona, throngs pour into U.S. national parks and preserves to climb towering cliffs, hike through misty forests, and capture the perfect selfie at the grandest of canyons. Widespread appreciation for protected lands is a good thing, but national parks’ overwhelming popularity also has downsides. There are […]

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Mount Mitchell Drive Receives Scenic Byway Designation

The Mount Mitchell Scenic Drive is the latest route to receive an official “scenic byway” designation from the state of North Carolina. Recognized for its outstanding beauty and unique cultural features, this 52-mile drive begins atop 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi and traverses a national forest, state park, and National […]

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