Visiting the Parks

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Wildflowers In Early May

Conserving native plants will be the focus of Shenandoah National Park’s 28th annual Wildflower Weekend coming in early May.

Trail Closures Planned At Zion National Park This Summer

Trailwork in Zion National Park this summer will require the closure of some trails in the Weeping Rock area, according to park officials.

Blue Ridge Parkway About Ready For Spring Opening

Barring a spring storm, facilities along the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway will begin opening for the high season on April 1, with most facilities open by June 1.

Re-enactment Coming To Valley Forge National Historical Park

A glimpse into the past will be available to Valley Forge National Historical Park visitors next weekend during a re-enactment of the Continental Army's winter encampment there in 1777-78.

Where Will Spring Find You In The National Park System?

Where will you turn up in the National Park System this spring? Our friends at Eastern National have the following suggestions for you to consider.

Which National Park Drives Are On Your 2014 Calendar?

With the travel season not too far off, you should be planning your national park adventures. If you're looking for a great scenic drive, we offer the following for your consideration.

Five Aspects Of Grand Teton National Park Not To Miss On Your Next Visit

Grand Teton National Park seems rather straightforward for visitors, no? You stop at any one of the pullouts along U.S. 191/89/26 and gaze up at this gray massifs. Well, if that's all you do, you'll miss out on a lot.

Just How Accurate Are National Park Concessionaires' On-Line Reservation Sites?

Are you making your summer park vacation plans? Don't place full faith in on-line reservations sites, as they don't always tell the full story of what's available.

Touring The National Parks: What Does It Take To Get Into An RV Today?

When we first hatched our plan to visit all 59 National Parks in sprint-like fashion, we really didn't know how were going to do it logistically. About the only thing we knew for certain was that we wanted to take our Maltese puppies Bubba and Lilly. Everything else was on the table.

Five Aspects Of Theodore Roosevelt National Park Not To Miss On Your Next Visit

It can take a long time to reach Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located as it is in southwestern North Dakota. Fortunately, there are some great hikes to do once you get there to stretch your legs. Here are five aspects of the park not to miss on your next visit.

Five Aspects Of Acadia National Park To Consider On Your Next Visit

Acadia National Park seems like a pretty straightforward adventure for park travelers. Arrive in Bar Harbor. Drive, or ride the Island Explorer, down the loop road, and get off for some overlooks and a hike or two. Resist the urge to run with the pack. Here are five aspects of visiting Acadia that shouldn't be overlooked.

What's Going On At Saguaro National Park This Month?

Curious about what you can do at Saguaro National Park in Arizona this month? Check out the following list of events.

Five Aspects Of Canyonlands National Park To Consider On Your Next Visit

It's so easy to do a windshield tour of Canyonlands National Park by driving up onto the Island in the Sky District and through the Needles District. But here are five reasons why you should do a little more exploring in the park that preserves a wondrous slice of Utah's canyon country.

Darwin At The End Of The World: Patagonia More Than The Galapagos Shaped Darwin’s New View Of Life

It turns out that scrambling out of a bouncing Zodiac and climbing 160 sodden, wooden stairs are the easiest challenges of the day. At the crest of the cliff, the trail stretches across the grassy, rolling hilltop of the southernmost inhabited island on the planet.

Inspiration For 2014: My Top 10 Family Adventures

If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for 2014, here are my 10 favorite family adventures at The Big Outside (another list that will keep growing and evolving), as well as a bonus 11th trip that made this list last year but saw its spot usurped this year.

Katmai National Park Camping Reservations Added To Recreation.gov

Another national park has added its camping reservations system to the recreation.gov portal. At Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, this means you can go online to reserve campsites at Brooks Camp and other destinations in the park.

Winter's A Great Time To Star Gaze At Big Cypress National Preserve

Winter might seem too cold to set outside to star gaze, but it's the perfect season at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where special astronomy programs are on tap in the coming months.

Reserve An Ocean-Front Cabin At Cape Lookout National Seashore

They're barebones, rustic, Spartan -- choose your adjective -- but the sea-front cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore are great basecamps if you like to surfcast or simply looking to spend some down time on a decidedly low key seashore.

Grand Canyon National Park Featured In New Video That Takes Us Below The Rim

Grand Canyon National Park is the main attraction in a new video, Grand Canyon In Depth, that explores the natural and human history of the landscape within the national park.

Visiting Hawaii? Check Out These Programs At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park In January

If you're planning to visit Hawaii in January, check out these "after dark" programs that will be offered at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Special Programs Planned At Rocky Mountain National Park During Holidays

Looking for some fun family activities during the holidays? Check out the lineup at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Winter Steam Days Coming To Golden Spike National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historic Site in Utah will be holding its annual Winter Steam Days on December 28, 29 and 30 this year.

Waterways TV: Sea Turtle Rescue And The Three-Spot Damselfish

Sit back for the next half hour and learn about efforts to rescue sea turtle hatchlings in the Florida Keys and the territorial habits of the Three-spot Damselfish in this production from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Everglades National Park and The US Environmental Protection Agency.

Peaks Of Otter Lodge On The Blue Ridge Parkway To Operate On Weekends Through Winter

Travelers on the Blue Ridge Parkway this winter will have a place to stop, warmup, and linger.

Passport® Picks For Winter In The National Park System

Winter is upon us and although some of our parks have closed their visitor centers for the season, there are still many ways to enjoy our national parks! We've put together this list to highlight some of the activities that are taking place in December, January, and February. Pack up the car, grab your Passport®, and explore the parks!

Around The Parks: Holiday Events Feature Toymakers And Glimpses Into The Past

A toymaker with skills from the past and glimpses into holiday celebrations from years ago are some of the events on display around the National Park System in December.

Traditional Holiday Celebration Coming To Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Year-end holidays, with a Western frontier flair, will be observed at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in Colorado on December 6-7.

After 125 Years, Pinnacles National Monument Becomes The Nation’s Newest 'National Park'

Pinnacles National Park took 125 years to become the nation’s newest designated parkland. But it took immensely longer for the mountains to arrive at the present location 40 miles southeast of Salinas, California.

88th Annual Trek To Nation's Christmas Tree Set For December 8 At Kings Canyon National Park

For a memorable kickoff to the year-end holiday season, you might head to Kings Canyon National Park to be on hand December 8 for the 88th Annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree.

Olympic National Park Ready For Winter Season

Olympic National Park has three very distinct options for winter visitors. For those who enjoy indoor comforts, options include ocean storm-watching from the Kalaloch Lodge along the park’s Pacific Coast to lakeside dining at Lake Crescent Lodge to weekend day trips to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center on snow-covered Hurricane Ridge.
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