Few places are more closely associated with the Stars and Stripes than Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and the park has a new flagpole that's a blend of modern technology and 19th century craftsmanship. It was installed in plenty of time for a special event on August 1st.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Implausible as it may seem, the government of war-torn Afghanistan recently established the country’s first national park. It’s Band-e-Amir, and it’s not what you might think.
For the second time in two days, in the same stretch of river, a young girl has drowned at Sequoia National Park.
A Colorado man within sight of the summit of Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park died Monday from a cardiac episode. It was not immediately known whether the 62-year-old from Durango, who was in the so-called "homestretch" area en route to the summit of the 14,259-foot peak, had summited.
Taking a step the Bush administration refused to take, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued a temporary ban on uranium mining on roughly 1 million acres surround Grand Canyon National Park.
For twenty-five years in the 1900s, a Kenworth Touring Motor Coach transported visitors to Mount Rainier National Park. It made its last trip in 1962, but thanks to a generous donation, the historic vehicle is returning to the park to stay.
The native Blackfeet people called this area the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World." Glacier National Park will celebrate its centennial next year, but any year is a great time to experience this park. These tips from the Traveler will help you make the most of your visit.
The 29th annual Big Time Festival, a celebration of Native American crafts and skills, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Kule Loklo in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Enter the National Park Foundation's "Your Parks" Video Contest And Win An All-Expense Paid National Park Vacation
Think you're good with the video camera? Then enter the National Park Foundation's "Your Parks" contest and compete for an all-expense paid trip to the national park of your choice. As a bonus, if you're the winner you get to bring a friend along!
Federal officials are finally fast-tracking efforts to eradicate Burmese pythons from the Everglades. If this can be done, and that’s a very big if, it will take teamwork, technology, hard work, and good luck.
Two recent bear incidents in national parks in Alaska should send a message to all visitors that they have to be particularly vigilant when traveling in bear country.
A young California girl enjoying a hot summer afternoon in Sequoia National Park drowned in the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River near Hospital Rock when the current swept her through some rapids and trapped her under a rock.
It's a rare occasion when a lodge is built somewhere in the National Park System. As a result, even though the John Muir Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park was built in the late 1990s, it's still considered one of the newer lodges in the park system. That said, don't expect a four-star accommodation.
Talk regional cuisines and when the region that pops up is the Southwest you know the talk is going to get spicy: Chipotle peppers with their rich, smoky flavor, habaneros with their bite, and potentially potent chile rellenos. But Southwestern cuisine is more diverse than its bite might indicate. You can discover that during a meal in the Metate Room at Mesa Verde National Park, where the menu is built around bison, elk, turkey and quail, as well as squash, black beans, and tortillas.
Nine sank, one survived, and a good time was had by all. But alas, the 11th regatta was the last. Will walking on water be next?
Septuagenarian Kayaker Overshoots Takeout on Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, Spends Night On A Sandbar in the River
Wyoming's Snake River carves both lazy oxbows and braided channels with swift currents through Grand Teton National Park. It's a great float, but as a 71-year-old Indiana woman discovered the hard way, you have to make sure you hit your takeout point before the current pushes you downstream. She didn't and ended up spending a cool night on a sandbar in the river.
NPS areas are becoming increasingly valuable as places where we can enjoy the night sky with minimal light pollution from civilization, and protecting the "dark" can also save money. A project in Big Bend National Park demonstrates what can be done, and shows what all of us can do, wherever we live.
A recent mountaineering accident at North Cascades National Park left one climber seriously injured and a second one stranded on a remote, rugged peak. The location of the incident was certainly appropriate: Mount Terror.
An annual survey of hoteliers identifies the French as the world’s worst tourists and the Japanese as the best. Brits and Germans are deemed polite, and Canadians don't complain. Does this match your own perception of international tourists in our national parks?
Who would have figured the stir that a couple of turtles would generate? I was in Nicaragua in late June working with community rangers who are employees of a non-governmental organization known as Paso Pacífico. I was on a beach observing something I had never seen before, something that hardly anyone gets to witness these days. Two hawksbill turtles had come ashore to nest on the beach that Paso Pacífico’s rangers patrol.