NPS Releases Prospectus For Blue Ridge Parkway Boat Rental Concession

The National Park Service recently released a solicitation for bids on a boat rental/food service operation within Julian Price Memorial Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, featured the Traveler's well-received Essential Friends magazine on his Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show in late June. Listen to Peter's six-minute interview with the Traveler's Travel Editor Randy Johnson.

Research Shows Signage Behind Dramatic Wreck Reduction On Blue Ridge Parkway

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A Blue Ridge Parkway study shows that National Park Service signing seems to be reducing the number of accidents on the high road.

A Long And Winding Road: The Blue Ridge Parkway—And Insider Travel Tips From The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Stretches of road elsewhere in the country are as spectacular, but nothing matches the manicured, uniquely uncommercialized, half-a-thousand-mile thoroughfare of the Blue Ridge Parkway through the lofty heart of America’s first frontier. The scenery is great, but equally memorable is the encounter with history and traditional Appalachian culture and music.

Wildlife Viewing: A Summertime Strong Suit of Southern Applachian National Parks

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Any of these three parks is a great place to meet the Southern Mountains—but a visit to each or all is an even better way to meet the diverse and distinctive resident wildlife that populates the dense forests of the Southern Appalachians.

Essential Friends: Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Preserving the Parkway Down the Road

parkway morotist in the Great Craggy Mountains
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has showered a cascade of contributions on “America’s most scenic road.” Since its founding in 1997, the Parkway Foundation has bestowed nearly $3.5 million on Parkway projects.

Energy Department, National Park Service Team Up To Launch Alternative Fuel Vehicles

In a move to help the National Park System become more fuel efficient, the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy are partnering to bring alternative fuel vehicles to the parks.

NPS Issues Prospectus For Blue Ridge Parkway’s Northwest Trading Post

The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting bids for a 10-year contract for operation of Northwest Trading Post, a retail establishment near the mid-point of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway.

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

The Best National Park Campgrounds (According To Us)

Here are the best national park campgrounds, according to the Traveler's lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, who actually spend more time in a tent than you might imagine!