The Latest News & Views

Monday, May 18th, 2009

  • Getting up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park got a little easier this past weekend. That's because the cables that give you something to hold onto as you scale the shoulder of the dome were put up for the season.

    While the cables do make the hike to the top much easier, they don't make it that much less intimidating.

  • The hike to the top of Angel's Landing in Zion National Park has gotten a lot of attention from Traveler readers over the years.

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

  • The latest species tally from the BioBlitz at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1,716. Of course, that number might be outdated by now as scientists work through the evidence collected during a 24-hour period this weekend.

  • Olympic National Park is not something to be rushed through, but rather savored like a fine glass of wine, a bold cup of tea, or a beautiful sunset. And the road network, such as it is, ensures that you won't rush through this park, which is how it should be. There's just so much to enjoy that you shouldn't rush.

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

  • Lighthouses are a popular attraction, and what better time to appreciate one than at night? Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering the unusual opportunity to climb to the top of the venerable Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on a new nighttime tour.