Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site: Home On The Hudson River

Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site

“All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River” ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt This quote captures FDR’s connection to Springwood, the lifelong home of America’s only four-term President. The first U.S. Presidential Library was started by Roosevelt here. Franklin D. Roosevelt was born into the luxurious surroundings […]

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Saratoga National Historical Park: A Crucial American Victory

Saratoga National Historical Park

Site of the first significant American military victory during the Revolution, the Battles of Saratoga rank among the fifteen most decisive battles in world history. Here in the autumn of 1777 American forces met, defeated, and forced a major British army to surrender. This crucial American victory in the Battle of Saratoga renewed patriots’ hopes […]

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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site: Monument To America’s Gilded Age

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

The Vanderbilt Estate is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. Frederick W. and Louise Vanderbilt purchased Hyde Park in May 1895. Attracted to the beauty of the Hudson Valley and the east bank of the Hudson River, Frederick and his wife settled comfortably in […]

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Top 3 Photogenic National Parks

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National parks offer some of the most iconic views and beautiful landscapes. Here are three of the best and most photogenic national parks to enjoy and explore. Bryce Canyon National Park With a landscape seemingly borne out of fantasy, Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah is home to spectacular geological formations called hoodoos, sculpted by […]

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Fort Davis National Historic Site: Frontier Military Post

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Set in the rugged beauty of the Davis Mountains of West Texas, Fort Davis is the best surviving example of an Indian Wars frontier military post and one of the best preserved Buffalo Soldier forts in the Southwest. Fort Davis was strategically located to protect emigrants, mail coaches, and freight wagons on the Trans-Pecos portion […]

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National Parks Have Never Been More Popular

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As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in August, the national parks have never been more popular. Total recreational visits to all NPS sites topped 300 million in 2015, an astounding 14 million increase from 2014. In addition to the 58 national parks, National Park Service sites include national monuments, national recreation areas, national lakeshores and […]

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National Parks Offer Variety: Something For Everyone

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National parks come in all sizes and shapes, offering nothing if not variety. From scenic to sensational, history to mystery; from the cool forests of Sequoia National Park to the barren heat of Death Valley to the remote Capitol Reef National Park, which is 78 miles away from the nearest traffic light, to South Caroina’s Congaree National Park, largest […]

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Fort Frederica National Monument: Georgia’s Second Town

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Located on the interior coast of Georgia’s St. Simons Island, Fort Frederica National Monument preserves the remains of one of the most impressive British settlements ever carved from the American forests. In the early 1700s, Georgia was the epicenter of a centuries-old imperial conflict between Spain and Britain. In 1736, three years after the founding of Savannah, Georgia founder […]

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