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Reader Participation Day: Will Record Heat And Major Wildfires Change Your Vacation Plans?

We're just entering the peak of the summer vacation season, but 2012 has already set some unwelcome records, including destructive wildfires and all-time high temperatures in many states. Will you alter your summer vacation plans based this year's heat and fires? If so, what changes will you make?

Massive Landslide Coats Glacier Bay National Park's Johns Hopkins Glacier Like Chocolate Frosting

A massive landslide, one of the biggest ever seen in North America and which registered on seismographs in Canada and the United States, has covered a more than 5-mile run of the Johns Hopkins Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve like chocolate frosting on cake.

The Glacier Fund: Supporting The Crown Of The Continent

From introducing school children to nature and underwriting wildlife research, the Glacier Fund is at work daily on helping the National Park Service meet the needs of Glacier National Park.

Tent Sites Now Available At Gateway National Recreation Area's Fort Wadsworth On Staten Island

Gateway National Recreation Area now has more room for some happy campers, as the Park Service has opened a 7-site campground at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island.

Stranded Climber Gets Lift Off Of Middle Teton At Grand Teton National Park

Climbing is a tricky thing, even for the most experienced. And when you opt to solo a route, well, the odds lengthen, as a Washington man can attest to after needing to be hauled via helicopter off Middle Teton at Grand Teton National Park.

San Francisco Voters Could Get Chance To Vote On Draining Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir In Yosemite National Park

2012 already is going to be interesting election year, what with the presidential election, but in San Francisco the election could proof even more intriguing as voters might have a chance to vote on the future of the Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

Dining At The Parks: Scallops In Potato Nest With Ponzu Sauce And Citrus Vinaigrette From Lake Quinault Lodge In Olympic National Park

Chefs at restaurants in and around national parks spend a lot of time designing dishes reflective of their surroundings. So is it any surprise that Lake Quinault Lodge Executive Chef Patrick Norris focused on scallops recently when he was looking for something special?
How to Be a Better Birder Sure, I’d like to be a better birder! Who takes up any hobby endeavor with no desire to keep becoming better at it? Half the fun is continually learning new ways to have fun with your hobby.

Oceanview Cottage On Cape Cod National Seashore Can Be Yours For August Or September

If you've long wanted to spend a month in a cottage on Cape Cod National Seashore with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean, your opportunity just might be here if you're free in August or September.

Olympic National Park Officials Fine Individual For Taking 100-Year-Old Wagon Wheel From Park

Apparently a local living near Olympic National Park never thought too hard about the saying that in a national park you should "take only pictures and leave only footprints."

Pedaling In The Parks: Coasting Through Badlands National Park

View from Pinnacles Overlook, Badlands NP, copyright QT Luong
Cool air, soft light, and smooth pavement greeted us as we rode into Badlands National Park, a park whose name suggests unforgiving ruggedness but which offers a sweet ride that leads you through those badlands and across windswept prairie.

National Poll Shows Great Support For Conservation Of Public Lands

Mountain goat at Glacier National Park, copyright Ian Shive
One topic has been glaringly absent from the building presidential campaign: the use and management of the United States' public lands. Unless the two major political parties are entirely tone-deaf, they might want to start touching on that topic from time to time, according to a poll that shows overwhelming support for conservation of those lands.
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.

Final Fire Report Issued As 85% Containment Reached For Shenandoah Neighbor Mountain Fire

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Shenandoah National Parks Neightbor Mountain Fire, reported as about 200 acres big a few days ago, is now estimated to be nearly 1,115 acres. The fire is 20% contained with a new report from the park offering, “no estimated date of containment.”

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.

Yankee Fans Stunned: Fenway Park Listed On National Register Of Historic Places

Saturday was a black day for Yankee fans, as National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis traveled to Boston to add Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, to the National Register of Historic Places.

Incredible Video Details Climbing Accident, And Rescue, In Grand Teton National Park

Climbing in the Tetons of Wyoming can be one of the most incredible experiences in the national parks, but it is not without risk. Fortunately, as this video shows, the climbing rangers of Grand Teton National Park are well-prepared to help you in an emergency.

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.

Access Returning To Storm-Struck Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Roads and some facilities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are beginning to reopen in the wake of a killer storm that left two park visitors dead.

Personal Watercraft Accident Leaves Two Dead At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A possible lack of attention has led to the deaths of two vacationers at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and left a juvenile with minor injuries, according to the National Park Service.

Eastern National Announces the 2013 Passport to Your National Parks® Photo Contest

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Eastern National just announced the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. The contest is open to active Park Service employees and Volunteers-In-Parks. Ten winning national park photos will be featured on the 2013 Passport To Your National Parks® annual stamp series.

Virginians Offered Incentive To Cool Off In Shenandoah National Park

As an enticement to get folks back into the mountains after recent storms tour through the mid-Atlantic states, the lodging concessionaire at Shenandoah National Park is offering a $25 voucher for folks who book a room there.

UPDATE: Deadly Storm Kills Two In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A thunderstorm packing winds gusting to 70 mph tore through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, downing hundreds of trees, killing two visitors, and injuring several others. By early afternoon Friday officials believed everyone was accounted.

So Far Yellowstone National Park Has Avoided Wildfires

Yellowstone National Park, which attracted national attention in 1988 when wildfires burned nearly half the 2.2-million-acre park that hot and dry summer, so far has managed to avoid any fires this summer.

High-Tech Tools Give Researchers New View Of Yellowstone Thermal Features

Yellowstone National Park's many thermal features have captured the imagination of visitors for centuries. But Yellowstone geologists and other researchers are using an array of high-tech tools and techniques for the first time to get a much more revealing look at the park's large-scale hydrothermal systems in action.

Traveler's Gear Box: Swedish Fireknife Produces Striking Results

Outwardly, it looks like just another sheath knife. But the folks at Light My Fire have come up with a unique tool: A knife that doubles as a fire starter!

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

salamander on Grandfather Mountain
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.

Mount Rainier National Park Visitor Dies In Freak Accident At Paradise

A man enjoying the Fourth of July with his son at Mount Rainier National Park died when a crust of snow covering Edith Creek collapsed and sent him into the icy water, which swept him 30 feet downstream beneath the snow.