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America's natural heritage: The essential guide to all 59 U.S. national parks

Denali, Alaska<p>“In the stillness of Denali, two sounds dominate the landscape: the river (and its tributaries) and the wind.”<p>— Justin Ralls, composer and conductor<p><b>Size</b> 6,075,029 acres (park and preserve)• <b><br>Founded</b> As Mount McKinley Park, 1917; renamed Denali Park and Preserve (and roughly tripled in …

New rustic cabins add to camping options at three Northern California state parks

Looking for a different camping experience? Rustic wooden cabins have been added to the overnight options at three Northern California state parks.<p>VIsitors will find four new cabins each at Patrick's Point State Park, north of Eureka; Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, east of Crescent City; and …

Northern California

10 under-the-radar national parks where you can avoid the crowds

Slide 1 of 12<p>The most famous of America’s national parks continue to get slammed with record numbers of sightseers, making it difficult for visitors …

Create a 72 Hour Emergency Kit – FREE DOWNLOADBLE CHECKLIST

Picture this: A local emergency of some sort has emergency personnel knocking on your door telling you that you have 5 minutes to evacuate your house …

Portable

Murder on the Appalachian Trail

It is a quiet, restorative place, this clearing high on a Pennsylvania ridge. Ferns and wildflowers carpet its floor. Sassafras and tulip trees, tall oak and hickory stand tight at its sides, their leaves hissing in breezes that sweep from the valley below. Cloistered from civilization by a steep …

The 7 Most Insane Abandoned Places in California

<i>By: Grant Marek</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Thomas Hawk</i><p>If you've ever seen I Am Legend or 28 Days Later you know that 1) there's something eerily fascinating about abandoned places, and 2) zombies are jerks. Providing you with all the eerie fascination you can handle, but none of the "zombie dogs killing your …

5 Underrated National Parks

01 of 06<p>Underrated National Parks<p>Iconic national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone get the most attention—after all, they’ve become quintessential …

Least Crowded National Parks You Should Visit Top 5

Least Crowded National Parks, There is much to see and explore in our mighty United States, and visiting national parks tops my list.<p>My top five …

National Parks

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

5 great day-hikes around Mount Rainier

Authors’ 5 favorites<p>At 69, hiking author Mickey Eisenberg still treks eight to 10 miles on weekends, often with his buddy Gene Yore, a young 76.<p>Their …

The Yurts of Cape Disappointment

<b>It’s easy to imagine realtors and tour guide operators</b> struggling to sell Cape Disappointment to the uninitiated. Come on…with a name like that…?<p>The …

Summer Camping Printables

Hello! It’s Courtney from Paperelli. Summer is finally here! Some of my favorite summer memories growing up involved camping with the family. Do you …

Camping

DIY Camp Stove: Tips And Tricks on How to Cook while Camping

Whether you have a manufactured stove or homemade, it will still work flawlessly. There is still a chance that the DIY camp stove to become your …

Woodworking

Ghost Towns of Washington: Redmond's Nike Missile site

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Travel<p><b>Location: British Columbia<br>Date Established: 1970<br>Size: 126,500 acres</b><p>Few people forget the first time they walk out onto seemingly infinite Long Beach, a 10-mile strip of undeveloped coastline set against a backdrop of lush emerald rain forest and distant mountains. One of Canada’s most visited …

U.S. National Parks by State

01 of 26<p>Alaska<p>Denali National Park and Preserve: Home to the highest mountain in North America.<p>Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve: This …

27 Underrated U.S. Vacation Spots You Should Visit Before You Die

Did your favorite hidden gem make the list?<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Dehydrated Food Recipes: How to Dehydrate Fruits, Vegetables And Meat

Camping and hiking goes hand-in-hand with dehydrated food. This is simply because dehydrated food is so light and low in weight and takes very little …

Here are the 10 most popular national parks for camping

Slide 1 of 12<p>Are you a happy camper? You weren’t alone in 2014.<p>Last year, camping of all kinds rose throughout the U.S. national park system, …

Places You Need to See Before You Die

So much to see, so little time--there are no shortage of amazing sights on this planet and you probably won't get to see all of them, so how do you decide which ones to visit?<p>Whether or not you have a formal bucket list, you've likely made a mental list of places you want to go and things you'd …

Grand Canyon

Family-Friendly America: 8 Places to Add to Your List

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Each spring, thousands of bloggers and entrepreneurs flock to the Mom 2.0 Summit for a weekend of workshops and networking. This year, I joined in on the fun to see what this travel-savvy group had to recommend when it came to outstanding kid-friendly destinations in the …

Hiking and Trails on the Big Island | Hawaii

The Big Island is an outdoor paradise for hikers. The low population density, miles and miles of hiking trails, waterfalls and so many different …

Top Five Detour Adventures You Need to Know About Between Las Vegas and Denver

As an adventure photographer and writer I am always searching for the "off the beaten track" activities and photo ops while on my travels. You can find me climbing cliffs and waterfalls and asking around for the hidden gem "locals only" spots. So when my 75-year-old father wanted to do a road trip …

5 National Parks With Spectacular Scenery and No Crowds

If three-deep crowds shouldering for selfies isn’t your thing, you can be forgiven for thinking a summer national park tour isn’t for you. And …

National Parks Road Trip: Northern Rockies

Grand Teton > Yellowstone > Glacier<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Jackson, Wyoming<p>Explore the three crown jewels of the Northern Rockies on this tour spanning some of the continent’s most stunning alpine scenery and explosive geologic wonders. This trip takes you into the beating heart of wild America, from the …

Nat Geo Staff Picks: The Best of Montana

Montana’s beautiful national parks and charming small towns are more than enough reason to add the state to your next travel itinerary. Not sure where to start your tour of Big Sky Country? We’ve got you covered.<p><b>Here are a few of the National Geographic Travel team’s favorite spots in …

Top 10 national and state parks in New England, USA

Photograph: Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images<p>Hiker descending Mount Katahdin.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/22/1432307231391/1b37fbbd-187c-48fd-967c-973b5ca7cddc-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Getty Images/Lonely Planet Images<p>Hiker descending Mount …

Minimalist or Not, Camping Light Is Worth the Effort

Any adventurer who has ever watched an episode of <i>Man vs. Wild</i> has romanticized him or herself in a survival situation, where their primitive skills …