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Traveler's Checklist: Cape Lookout National Seashore

Pssst. Love Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but not the crowds and resort atmosphere? Plan a visit to neighboring Cape Lookout National Seashore, where the wild side still reigns.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges Of Yellowstone National Park, Part 1

As the summer wears on, David and Kay Scott find themselves in Yellowstone National Park to tour the park's lodging options for an update to their book, The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges.

Musings From Cape Lookout National Seashore

Younger, and rougher, than its older neighbor, Cape Lookout National Seashore offers the quintessential seashore experience, one set amid waving sea oats, crashing surf, and the cries of shorebirds.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Prince of Wales Hotel and Glacier Park Lodge

Exploring the many lodging options in and around Glacier National Park can require an excursion into Canada for a night at the Prince of Wales Hotel, which looks south across its namesake lake into Glacier. David and Kay Scott explored that hotel, and the Glacier Park Lodge, before wrapping up their stay in Glacier.

Will Obama Administration, Wyoming Governor, Find Common Ground on Dealing With Wolves?

The outcome of wolf meetings today between Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will tell a lot about the environmental integrity of the Obama administration and the political moxie of the governor.

Artist Setting Out To "Paint the National Parks"

Following in the footsteps, and brushstrokes, of Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran, a New York-based painter plans to spend the next few months exploring the National Park System and "painting the national parks."

Updated: Grizzly Kills Hiker In Yellowstone National Park

A man hiking with his wife near the Canyon area in Yellowstone National Park was mauled to death Wednesday by a sow grizzly, becoming the first person killed by a grizzly in the park since 1986, park officials said Wednesday.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Glacier National Park's Interior Lodges

David and Kay Scott, having enjoyed the lodges on the west side of Glacier National Park, now fill you in on the latest with the lodges on the eastern side, including Many Glacier Hotel, as they continue working on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Grizzly Photographed In North Cascades National Park

North Cascades grizzly, copyright Joe Sebille
A backcountry hiker in North Cascades National Park has been credited with photographing a grizzly in the park, the first confirmed sighting of the species there since 1996.

Quotations Tied To National Parks Worth Mulling

With nearly 100 years of history, the National Park Service and its wonderful system have attracted a lot of quotable quotes, some inspiring, some concerning. Here is a baker's dozen of statements -- some thought-provoking, others merely interesting -- that have been tied to the system down through the years

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of Western Glacier National Park

Having turned their car back towards the rising sun, David and Kay Scott have been spending time in Glacier National Park while working on an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

NPCA Report: America's National Parks Have Troubling Problems With Natural, Cultural, Historic Resources

A report out today from the National Parks Conservation Association paints a distressing picture of the health of the National Park System just five years out from the centennial of the National Park Service.

Savor The Gifts That Are Grizzly Bear 399 & Clan in Grand Teton National Park

What’s the value of a grizzly bear? For far more people than not, few things in this age of avatars surpass the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear family in its native element. The story of Jackson Hole grizzly No. 399, who emerged from the den this year with her second troop of triplet cubs in half a decade, speaks to another kind of worth. It says something about us.

National Park Road Trip 2011: The Lodges of North Cascades National Park

With Olympic National Park in their rearview mirror, David and Kay Scott have moved on to North Cascades National Park to check out the lodging possibilities there for their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Birding in the National Parks: Spotting Vultures And Anhinga Along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park

Though it's a magnet for visitors to Everglades National Park, enduring the crowds along the Anhinga Trail is worth it if you're hoping to spot black vultures, anhingas, and a nice variety of herons.

Traveler's Checklist: Gettysburg National Military Park

The information provided here should prove very helpful if you plan to be among the more than one million people who visit Gettysburg National Military Park this year.

Can, And Should, The Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park Be Restored?

Though it's missing a Half Dome, the twin to the Yosemite Valley has been described by none other than John Muir as "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples.” But since 1923 the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park has been submerged, a victim of sorts to thirsty San Franciscans, but one that more than a few believe should be drained and brought back to life.
Can you imagine another Yosemite Valley? Another granite-lined canyon graced by feathery waterfalls and split by a placid river running through its meadows and forests? It exists, but since 1923 the wonders of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park have been under water, Tuolumne River water backed up by the O'Shaugnessy Dam and stored for the needs of San Francisco’s residents.

Is There A New Unit of The National Park System Coming To Your Neighborhood?

Pick any one day and you can be sure the National Park Service, directed by Congress, is looking into the feasibility of adding a site, or a dozen, to the National Park System. So what sites might be coming to your neighborhood? Read on.

By the Numbers: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

The battle popularly known as "Custer's Last Stand," and now also recognized as the last stand of the Plains Indians, was fought in southeastern Montana on June 25-26, 1876. Here are some highlight statistics for Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and the battle it commemorates.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Lake Crescent Lodge, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park

Having enjoyed the crashing surf at Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, David and Kay Scott moved north to Lake Crescent Lodge, the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and the Log Cabin Resort to inspect other lodging possibilities in the park for an update to their book, The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.

Some Numbers To Keep in Mind When Reviewing Yellowstone National Park's Winter-Use Plan

Trumpeter swans, Yellowstone National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
For more than a decade the debate over how winter in Yellowstone National Park should be enjoyed has dragged on. The latest comment period on the park's proposal for winter-use comes to an end next month. Here are some numbers to keep in mind when studying this issue.

Preserving History At Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Creaking on the tides under the weight of its three masts and 55 miles of rigging, the Friendship is a floating reminder of a time when the upstart United States laid a commercial claim to the high seas.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Kalaloch Lodge and Lake Quinault Lodge At Olympic National Park

Editor's note: David and Kay Scott have just about reached the end of the road in their westward trek to sample lodgings so they can update their book, The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. This dispatch covers two of Olympic National Park's lodging options, the Kalaloch Lodge and Lake Quinault Lodge.

National Park Road Trip 2011: Finding Paradise At Mount Rainier National Park

One truly can find Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, as lodging experts David and Kay Scott, authors of The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges, discovered when they reached the park on their national park odyssey.

Visit Your Park: Yosemite National Park

As awe-inspiring as the Yosemite Valley is, it is not the length and breadth of Yosemite National Park, but rather only one measure of this High Sierra beaut. Sadly, a surprising number of people never venture out of the valley with its towering granite walls and, in season, wispy waterfalls, to explore the other wonders of the park.

Birding in the National Parks: An Introduction

Birders are a strange bunch of critters. I can say that because I’m one of them. We tend to carry around enough optical equipment to make the guys that were hunting Osama bin Laden jealous. We think eating breakfast at 3 a.m. in the summer is perfectly normal. We tend to travel…a lot

National Park Road Trip 2011: Crater Lake Lodge

Leaving Oregon Caves National Monument behind, lodging experts David and Kay Scott returned to the snowbelt, heading to Crater Lake National Park which has had a very impressive winter in terms of snowfall.

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Trails I've hiked - The Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia

Open area near Massey Gap
The Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia is a spectacular section, with open meadows and feral ponies. Meeting thru-hikers is a bonus.