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New Book Looks At Canal System That Powered 19th Century Lowell, Massachusetts

A new book has arrived that delves into the unique canal system that powered 19th Century Lowell, Massachusetts' industrial sector. What does that have to do with national parks? If you're familiar with the Lowell National Historical Park, you know the answer to that question.
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Rental Cabins Available at Cape Lookout National Seashore For Spring, Summer and Fall '10

Pounding surf to wake you, and to help you fall asleep. A quick dash into the breakers to wash the sleep from your system. Fresh sea breezes. What more do you need to consider before renting a cabin on Cape Lookout National Seashore for a vacation this coming year?
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Beach Driving Ban Brings Fort Matanzas National Monument into Compliance, But Angers Matanzas Beach Users

Legally speaking, the beach driving ban that went into effect at Florida’s Fort Matanzas on January 1st was nearly 37 years overdue. Still, many area residents worry about its impacts on recreation and tourism.
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Ruling Could Set Back Wind Farm Proposed For Nantucket Sound

"Clean energy" and cultural values are colliding not far from Cape Cod National Seashore in Nantucket Sound, where a proposal to erect a wind farm was handed a potential setback Monday when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pointed to a determination that the Sound is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
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Special Tour at Petersburg National Battlefield Highlights Fortifications and Military Engineering

Do you know the difference between a parados and a banquette, or a bastion and a re-entrant? You'll get the answers during a special tour at Petersburg National Battlefield, which will explore military engineering and fortifications as they were employed during the siege of Petersburg.
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Long-Needed Rehabilitation Work Under Way at Glacier National Park's Many Glacier Hotel

One of the most beautiful settings for a national park stay is Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. Set on the shores of Swift Current Lake with a view of the craggy Rockies in all directions, the lodge is one of the venerable old souls of the National Park System's lodging fraternity. But, sadly, it's well-worn and shabby in places. To remedy that, there's a renovation plan under way.
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Some Unusual Lodges To Consider For Your Next National Park Visit

Any mention of national park lodges causes most people to envision park icons such as Old Faithful Inn, El Tovar, Ahwahnee, or Many Glacier Hotel. Dozens of other national park lodges are scattered across the country, of course, although many receive little publicity and remain virtually unknown to many experienced travelers.
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Winter at Dinosaur National Monument: Bring Your Snowshoes and Cross-country Skis

It's certainly true that travel schedules and seasonal weather patterns dictate that the heaviest traffic flows to national parks come during the summer months. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to do in the parks in winter. At Dinosaur National Monument, for instance, a park that showcases geology, paleontology, and rivers in summer, winter brings opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even snowmobiling.
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Officials at Lassen Volcanic National Park Proposing Work for Lassen Peak Trail

The trail to the top of Lassen Peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park is in need of work to improve safety, install turnouts along the 2.5-mile path, and add a new trailside toilet. Plus, the park is proposing a trail to connect the Manzanita Creek Trail to the Lassen Peak Trail.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide