National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Division Ships New Maps on Great Smoky, Voyageurs National Parks

Maps are wonderful things to have, even if you do no more with them than pull them out, ponder over them for a while, and then return them to safe storage. New releases from National Geographic's Trails Illustrated division give you more reason to dream about exploring the National Park System.

Popular Junior Ranger Program is Expanding to Add "Let's Move Outside" Activities

The popular Junior Ranger Program, which lets kids earn a patch, badge, certificate or similar award for completing activities in many national parks, is expanding to include Let's Move Outside, which encourages physical activity for youngsters. The program is now underway in 36 parks, with more being added before summer's end.
Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway: The Ultimate Travel Guide To America It's more than appropriate that this year, the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, that when you visit the parkway you get out and take a hike. And Randy Johnson is ready to tell you where to go.

"Let's Leave the Balcony Door Ajar"

Some ideas are good ones. Others are not so hot.

Upscale Cabins Latest Trend in Commercial Campgrounds Bordering National Parks

There’s a new structure showing up this summer in campgrounds bordering national parks, one that offers a higher level of comfort than the family camper or pop-up tent. More and more campgrounds are adding cabins to their available accommodations, for while more people are heading to the parks, not all want to sleep on the ground in a tent.

National Park Road Trip 2010: The Journey Goes On

Our departure last Wednesday from Shenandoah National Park was shrouded in thick fog. In fact, the fog was so thick that we ended up in a parking lot when we turned on what we thought was the road out of the park.

Traveler's Checklist: Shenandoah National Park

Boasting the Skyline Drive parkway, gorgeous scenery, abundant wildlife, over 500 miles of trails, and many other attractions, Virginia's Shenandoah National Park is one of America's most popular national parks. Here are some suggestions for maximizing the pleasure of your visit.

Your Own Eastern National Park Road Trip

Several years ago we wrote “The Best National Park Trip,” an article that described the wonders of visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon during a tour of the West. This is indeed a great trip that can be extended with visits to Lake Powell, Cedar Breaks, and other nearby units administered by the National Park Service.

The Last Night in Shenandoah National Park

We were on our second-floor balcony reading when we noticed someone below walk to the wooden railing separating the lodge grounds from the surrounding countryside. He pointed west toward the woods. Coming through the trees and into the small meadow were two bear cubs that commenced frolicking in the grass. They ran back and forth and one suddenly jumped and caught the side of a tree.

A Former President, His Retreat, and Shenandoah National Park

On Monday we checked out of the Skyland Resort, drove ten miles south on Skyline Drive through the gorgeous countryside of Shenandoah National Park, and checked into Big Meadows Lodge. Talk about a hard day on the road.