The Latest News & Views

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

  • Predictions on how colorful the fall foliage will be for any given year are always a bit of a dice roll, but the forecasts for the current season in eastern national parks were generally promising. So...how accurate were those educated guesses?

  • After more than 15 years, and $19 million, the 184-mile-long towpath along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal has been restored to its original alignment along the Potomac River.

    Dubbed the "Big Slackwater" project after the last section of towpath needing repairs, the restoration work "not only eliminates the hazardous detour along narrow country roads, but it restores the magnificent views and his

  • True, the year-end holidays are a ways off yet, but the lights on the National Christmas Tree in Washington will be turned on December 6, and if you want to be there in person it's time to start planning.

    The lighting ceremony, held annually on the Ellipse to kick off the holiday season in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

  • If your guess for the date Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park would close for the winter was October 17, please step forward to claim your prize!

    Wintry conditions that have been blowing snow across the two-lane road that climbs above 12,000 feet finally became too much for park crews to continue to battle, according to park officials.

  • Though it's surrounded by development, cross into Shenandoah National Park and you'll find a surprisingly large amount of acreage that is managed as wilderness and which appears much as it did 100, or even 200 years ago.

    This weekend you can celebrate that wild setting during the park's annual "Wilderness Weekend."

    Of the park's nearl