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Photography In The National Parks: To The Sun And Beyond In Glacier National Park

Of course I wanted to go to the Sun in Glacier National Park - the very idea of capturing everything between earth and sky, with my camera and lens, filled me with the same visions that I experienced as a child, when walking into a candy store to choose just one piece of chocolate. I wanted them all.

Corporate Donation Enables Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area To Open Milford Beach This Summer

Just when it looked like Milford Beach at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area would be closed this summer due to the budget sequestration, a corporation has stepped up with the money to open the beach.

"The Last Spike" - Separating Fact From Tradition At Golden Spike National Historic Site

If you were a contestant on one of several TV shows that test your knowledge of famous historical events, how would you fare if the question involved the driving of the "golden spike" to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad? If you happened to miss a key fact or two, you'd be in good company, and the staff at Golden Spike National Historic Site has to contend with some long-established traditions that don't quite "hit the nail on the head."

Snowplows From Wyoming, National Park Service, Bust Through Drifts In Yellowstone National Park

It wasn't exactly like the meeting of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit in 1869, but there still was plenty of celebrating when snowplows from the state of Wyoming and the National Park Service met near Grant Village.

Op-Ed: Yosemite, The Fate Of Heaven Revisited

As shoulder seasons in Yosemite National Park continue to grow, does the National Park Service have a good plan for preserving the Merced River as it flows through the park's iconic valley?

Updated: NPCA President Tom Kiernan Leaves For American Wind Energy Association

National Parks Conservation Association President Tom Kiernan, who three years ago was ready to leave the park advocacy group to head a charity in New Hampshire, has been hired as chief executive officer of the American Wind Energy Association.

Exploring The Parks: Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Eliza Johnson's bedroom
President Andrew Johnson was the first president to be impeached. But there's much more to our 17th president. His story is told well at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tennessee. By the time you finish your visit, you might like the man.

America’s Premier Hut System is 125 Years Old—A Classic Appalachian Trail Adventure

America’s premier hut system is 125 years old this year. Scattered for 56 miles along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in New Hampshire, the Appalachian Mountain Club’s system of 8 huts and two major lodges are all about a day’s hike apart. “This is an AT adventure of the first order,” says Rob Burbank, of the Appalachian Mountain Club. “Imagine an opportunity to hike one of the most rugged and spectacular sections of the Appalachian Trail with just a tooth brush in your pack!”

High-Tech Meets The Past Via Animated Fly-Through Tours Of Historic Locations

There are some historic features in the National Park System we just can't walk through in person, such as the remains of the Civil War gunboat USS Cairo at Vicksburg National Military Park. Now, thanks to some high-tech wizardry, anyone can take an animated "fly-through" and explore the interior of the ship—or five other historic locations around the country.

Sample Mountains-to-Sea Trail With May 4th Hike And Talk At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail is a thousand-mile route for hikers across North Carolina, and you can get a short sample with a two-hour hike followed by a talk about the trail on Saturday, May 4 at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more qualified hike leader and speaker, because Danny Bernstein has walked the entire length of the trail,

Grand Teton, Grand Canyon National Parks Just About Ready For Spring

More access is coming to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon national parks, proof that spring is on its way to the Rockies and Southwest.
Yellowstone, Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America If you, too, have paused before an faded and worn map of Yellowstone and wondered the same, then Yellowstone, Land Of Wonders: Promenade in North America's National Park is for you. But not only does this travelogue carry you back to the Yellowstone of 1883, but it's cast through the eyes of a Belgian writer who spent 10 days in the park that summer.

Traveler's Gear Box: Alite Continues The Evolution Of The Backwoods Chair

Even chairs are subject to evolution, as Alite Designs so ably demonstrates with its Mayfly chair, a chair so light you could backpack with it, though it's likely more at home in your canoe or kayak.

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Provides $500,000 To Connect Kids To Parks

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has sent $500,000 to the National Park Foundation to connect kids to nature in the national parks.

Bills To Expand Yosemite National Park Finding Bipartisan Support

Over a century ago, John Muir's vision for Yosemite National Park included areas that were not included in the present park. Now there's bipartisan support for efforts to add about 1,500 acres adjoining the western side of Yosemite to protect the area from development.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Needs Help Monitoring Elk And Visitors

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking volunteers to assist rangers with managing traffic and providing visitor information on responsible elk viewing practices in the Cataloochee area of the park.

Mark Your Calendars: New River Festival Coming In June

Cheat Fest? Been there. Gauley Fest? Done that. Second Annual New River Festival? Got it on the calendar for June 7-9.

National Parks: Going To The Dogs!

If you plan to bring your dog with you on a visit to a national park, you should be prepared.

Plan To Attend 5th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration Of Art At Grand Canyon National Park

It's still months off, but now is the perfect time to plan to attend the 5th Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art at Grand Canyon National Park this September.

Some Campground Fees Proposed For Increases At Death Valley National Park

Having replaced the entire water and sewer system of the Furnace Creek Campground, added a new bathroom, and expanded electrical service for RVs, Death Valley National Park officials are now proposing an increase in camping fees to help cover the costs of providing electricity to the campground.

TRACK Trails Program Expanding To Catoctin Mountain Park

TRACK Trails, a kid-friendly trails program created by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to encourage youth to get outdoors, is expanding to Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland.

Birding In The National Parks: Petrels And Cats Don't Mix At Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Feral and outdoor cats are notorious for being efficient hunters, as shown by the well-known “kitty cam” study in Georgia. Now, the latest bad news about feral cats is from Hawai’i, home of some of the most endangered birds on the planet.

Adult Quagga Mussels Found In Lake Powell—But All Is Not Yet Lost

There was both good and bad news from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where 14 adult quagga mussels have been found attached to moored vessels and dock structures in Lake Powell. The word that the invasive pests have turned up in the big lake isn't good, but all is not yet lost in the battle to keep the invades out of the lake. None of the mussels were close enough together for successful reproduction.

Restoration Work Will Temporarily Close Portion Of Nauset Bike Path At Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts will close a portion of the Nauset Bike Path this spring for the first of two phases of rehabilitation and safety improvements.

Port Of Boquillas Border Crossing Open Once Again In Big Bend National Park

More than a decade after it was closed in the wake of the September 1, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Port of Boquillas border crossing at Big Bend National Park is back in business.

Chimani Adds To Its Library Of Free National Park Apps For Your Phone

Chimani, a Maine-based company that makes smartphone apps for the national parks, has bolstered its library of apps, and added new features to heighten your experience.

Treasure Your National Park Visits With A Photo Album From Shutterfly

It's National Park Week, so hopefully you're finding some time to get out into the parks. If you do, you can reflect your visit with a photo album from Shutterfly.

Blue Ridge Parkway Awards Concessions Contract For Peaks Of Otter Lodge

Delaware North Parks & Resorts, which last year landed the contract to run concessions at Shenandoah National Park, has added the Peaks of Otter Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway to its operations.

Around The Parks: Audio Tour At Paterson Great Falls NHP, Monumental Politics, Death Valley's Organ

Audio tours at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, potential political tinkering with the Antiquities Act, and reviving the organ at Scotty's Castle in Death Valley are among the items in this week's roundup from around the parks.

Traveler's Essential Friends + Gateways Initiative Celebrates National Parks

Just in time for National Park Week -- Traveler's 2013 magazine Essential Friends + Gateways! Flip through 50+ pages of full-color features celebrating national parks, their increasingly indispensable friends' groups—along with great park gateways and the local insight and travel tips you need to savor summer in the country's top national parks.