Where Are America’s Best Kept Secrets? Think Dakotas!

As the most popular national parks get more crowded, where do you go to escape? In this post, we’ll explore two such parks in the Dakotas. The attraction: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota (2.4 million visits) The alternative: Badlands National Park, South Dakota (868,000 visitors) Location: About 85 miles east of Mount Rushmore National […]

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National Park Service Will See $256M in Infrastructure Spending

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced more than $256 million in approved funding to rebuild “critical” national park infrastructure, according to a news release. “Dire maintenance and repair needs that contribute to the $11.6 billion backlog currently facing the nation’s national parks,” according to the release. Roads, bridges, trails, water systems, and visitor centers—even […]

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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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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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A Photographer’s Guide To The American West

From west to east and north to south, we have toured and photographed numerous National Parks Service sites including national parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national seashores, and national historic sites and parks. These parks offer a cross-section of the best of the best for scenic beauty and historic significance across America. The most […]

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Union Pacific Announces National Park Foundation Partnership

Union Pacific’s history with the national parks started with creating iconic western parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley, when the railroad provided access to pristine landscapes that were otherwise virtually impossible to visit. Union Pacific recently announced a new commitment to help preserve America’s most unique and inspiring spaces with its multi-year, […]

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National Parks Are Major Job Creators

According to a new National Park Service report, visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2017 resulted in a $35.8 billion benefit to the nation’s economy—a nearly $1 billion increase from 2016—and supported 306,000 jobs. More than 330 million visitors in 2017 spent $18.2 billion in the communities near national parks. Of the 306,000 […]

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HanesBrands and National Park Foundation Launch New Apparel Collection

America’s national parks come in all shapes and sizes. And now, an exclusive new collection of apparel celebrating the magnificence of America’s natural, cultural, and historic treasures does too. To celebrate National Park Week, HanesBrands and the National Park Foundation (NPF) have launched the inaugural designs in a first-of-its-kind apparel collection, initially available online at […]

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