Drownings, heat stroke, dangerously low salt levels; like it or not, these are all threats when we enter the national parks in the summertime. With a little common sense, and awareness about your surroundings, you can ensure your park vacation will be a great one.
Visiting the Parks
A great way to experience national parks is to get out on your bike and pedal through them. While there are many national parks here in the United States that offer great cycling opportunities, places such as Devils Tower National Monument, Badlands National Park, and Shenandoah National Park, you can quickly expand the possibilities when you look out across the globe at national parks abroad.
The unseasonably dry winter in the High Sierra means some tough times in campgrounds this summer at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California.
Head to Sagamore Hill National Historic Site on select Sundays this summer and you'll be able to enjoy the home of Theodore Roosevelt on Oyster Bay, Long Island, with some special programs.
Just as the Blue Ridge Parkway winds 469 miles down the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains through Virginia and North Carolina, so too does an Appalachian tradition of mountain music run deep in the history and culture of the people whose ancestors settled the region and gave it its special character.
"Hawaii Volcanoes", a time-lapse video newly released on Vimeo, takes you on a sea-to-summit journey to the volcanoes of Hawaii, where you'll witness some of the the most dynamic landscapes on Earth.
A program on raptors that soar above Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be offered this Thursday at the Oconaluftee Multipurpose Room.
If you're at or near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota this weekend, there's a birding walk scheduled for Sunday in the South Unit of the park.
Summer is the definitely the high season in the national parks, and at Sequoia National Park that means lots of family activities, ranging from campfire programs to scanning the night skies to learn a little about astronomy.
If winter really is on the run, additional lodging will be available for visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve on May 31.