Acadia National Park

Summer Special: Windshield Touring in the Eastern Parks

The National Park System is renowned for scenic drives. These traverses, loops, and shuttles in the eastern parks deserve a place on your windshield touring short list.

Summer Special: Paddling in the National Parks

Great paddling adventures are ready to be had in the National Park System, whether you intend to spend just a few hours or a week or more on the water. Here's a look at some great choices for where to dip a paddle.

Summer Special: Wildflowers in the National Parks

Gray's Lily on the MST on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Summer brings a wealth of flowers to those parks that have enjoyed spring flowers like Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It also brings flowers to Rocky Mountain National Park and the parks in Alaska where the snow is just melting.

Summer Special: Five Favorite Summer Hikes At Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park might look small compared to the expansive Western parks, but that doesn't mean you can find some great hiking in the park.
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Summer Special: It's Time To Start Thinking About Your Summer Vacation In the National Park System

Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo
How will you spend your summer vacation? If you're thinking about some R&R in the National Park System, we've got some suggestions and advice to offer. All week-long the Traveler will be offering stories about places to go and things to do in the parks.

Summer Special: A Potpourri Of Summertime Adventures In the National Park System

Summer easily is the best time of year to get out and get sweaty in the National Park System, if only because the warmer weather makes more opportunities available. In time to help you plan your summer vacation, here's a potpourri of outdoor adventures in the parks.

National Park Mystery Spot 22 Revealed: You Can See the Sea from This Dome

There were some big, fat, juicy clues.

Stay On Top Of Your Favorite National Park: Join A Friends Group or Foundation

What's a great way to stay on top of your favorite national park -- aside from reading the Traveler? Join its friends group, foundation, or natural history association.

Acadia National Park

Sunrise, Otter Point, copyright QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks

"Raw, rugged, and surf-splashed" well define Acadia National Park, which at anchor in the Atlantic just off Maine's coast quite easily could also be described as a Yankee blueblood of the National Park System.

2010 National Park System Visitation Dips To 281.3 Million, Down 4.2 Million From 2009

Bad weather, lack of a presidential inauguration, and safety concerns along the Southwestern border with Mexico apparently were the major drivers behind a slight dip in 2010 visitation to the National Park System from 2009 levels.

Budgeting Woes Likely To Hit The National Park Service

With the House of Representatives, if not the entire Congress, determined to shrink the federal deficit as quickly as politically feasible, expect the National Park Service to take a pretty good hit.

Summering in Maine? Consider Raptor Internship at Acadia National Park

What would you think about spending the summer describing the raptors at Acadia National Park to park visitors? If that sounds appealing, you might want to apply for the park's raptor interpretation internship.

National Park Quiz 91: Hearts

Our quiz theme this month is apropos of February-the-Valentine- month. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you buy the quizmeister a big box of chocolates. Cream centers.

Keeping Track So They're Never Forgotten: National Park Service Workers Who Died on The Job

The list is long, more than 200 names stretching over a century and then some. It's a somber one, as well, tracking the deaths of National Park Service employees from a wide range of fates, from heart attacks to rockfalls to cold-blooded murder.

Updated: Winter's Work: Plan Your Summer or Fall National Park Vacation Now

Now is the time to be planning your summer or fall vacations to the national parks.

The Skiing's Good At Acadia National Park

So many folks view Acadia National Park as a summer destination, but winter can be a great season in the park as well if you enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

The Gate Lodges Of Acadia National Park: Rockefeller's Little Castles

Photographer and writer Steve Perrin was working in the planning office at Acadia when he lived at Brown Mountain gate house (or “gate lodge” as it’s officially called) during the winter of 1995–1996, “a true Maine winter, very cold with lots of snow.” Like other park employees before and after, Perrin was housed in a magnificent piece of history, employee housing whose great beauty belies its commonplace purpose.

Registration Now Open For Acadia Birding Festival In and Around Acadia National Park

If you're still looking for something fun to do this summer, consider registering to attend the 13th Annual Acadia Birding Festival that will be staged in and around Acadia National Park in June.

What Are The Top Issues Confronting The National Park System?

What are the top issues confronting the National Park System? A slew of answers could be tacked onto that question, ranging from sprawl outside park boundaries and habitat fragmentation to pollution.

Jennifer Pharr Davis Discusses Speed Hiking, Long-Distance Hiking, And Youth in the Outdoors

For some, hiking can be addicting. For Jennifer Pharr Davis, it became both an avocation and her vocation.

Friends of Acadia Needs Your Help...Today!

Hey travelers, just got word of a fund-raising match for Friends of Acadia, and they need your help -- today! -- to maximize the match.

Reader Participation Day: What is the Greatest Threat To Our National Parks?

It seems not a week goes by without some dire issue being identified as a threat to the national parks. One week it might be funding woes, another week pollution, another diversity concerns, and then, of course, there's climate change.

Report: Climate Changes Could Batter Acadia National Park Economically, Environmentally

The latest of a running series of reports outlining how climate change could reshape national parks portrays economic and environmental impacts lashing at Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities. While the report's authors hope to catch the attention of Congress, they acknowledge that a groundswell of public concern might be necessary to convince politicians to act.

Snapshots of Where To Winter in the National Park System, Cold Weather Edition

Winter long has been regarded as the slow season for national park visits, and that's a good thing if you prefer to have the parks to yourself. With most travelers confined by school schedules to the summer months, and many convinced winter is a bad time to be outdoors, you can savor the best of the parks from coast to coast in winter. Here are some snapshots of wintry fun in the parks that bear that out.
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MORA-Winter Trails.pdf97.43 KB
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MORA-Winter Recreation.pdf947.76 KB
YOSE-Glacier Pt Trails.pdf937.39 KB
YOSE-Mariposa in Winter.pdf220.95 KB

National Park Quiz 88: Potpourri V

We haven't had a grab bag quiz for quite a while, so let's go with a potpourri and see what shakes out.

Reader Participation Day: Do You Love Fall Colors, or Spring Blooms?

During my recent hike in Shenandoah National Park along the Appalachian Trail, I came upon a tight crook in the trail that carried Ivy Creek downhill amid a flurry of gold, red, orange and yellow leaves of fall. There can be no more spectacular setting that the hardwood forests of the East. Unless it's set ablaze by the pastel daubs of spring wildflowers in places such as Glacier, Saquaro or Canyonlands national parks.

National Park Mystery Plant 13 Revealed: A Prostrate Little Plant with an Unlovely Name

The liverwort is a small, primitive, flowerless plant that you might easily mistake for moss or lichens.
Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America Long after his death we continue to celebrate the brilliance of Ansel Adams, who arguably defined landscape photography, often while working in national parks to capture the magnificence of nature.

Moving From Fall Towards Winter In the National Parks

The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.
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