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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Recruits ‘Adopt-a-Plot’ Volunteers

Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are recruiting volunteers to adopt a monitoring plot in areas throughout the park. In an effort to track …

What Will America's Iconic Parks Look Like in 2050?

An artist riffs on WPA posters to imagine how the country’s defining landscapes will look once climate change has taken its toll.<p>Americans love the national parks. According to a 2016 survey, 77 percent of American voters feel the country benefits either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” from the …

The Giant Redwoods of California

Stepping into this forest and you feel as if you’ve been shrunk.<p>There are many places to see the giant redwood trees. After driving the Tioga Pass, …

Penguins, whales and avalanches: Antarctica's coolest campsite offers 'once in a lifetime' experience

Craig Ormiston is a chronic adventurer. So it comes as no surprise that he signed up to camp on the ice in Antarctica with Quark Expeditions, a company that focuses on polar adventures. To him, it was a bucket-list item that absolutely had to be checked off.<p>It all began just after dinner on a …

First look at Pacific Crest Trail after Columbia Gorge fire

Branches flew. Trail tools smoothed the earth. Stones tumbled downhill, crackling like Rice Krispies as gravity took hold. The trail workers are back.<p>…

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A Wilderness Like No Other: Chile’s New Patagonia National Park

A Christmastime adventure in Patagonia reveals new meanings of wilderness<p>After fording a rib-deep and bone-cracking-cold river whose current could …

It's almost time to see Yosemite's spectacular Horsetail Fall aglow. Here's what you need to know

For a few weeks in mid-February,<p>Yosemite’s seasonal Horsetail Fall turns into a glowing orange or red streak around sunset, reminding some of the park’s old fire fall tradition.<p>You can witness this natural phenomena from Feb. 12 to 26 on a guided bus tour or on your own — if conditions are good.<p>If …

A dramatic sunset over the buttes of Monument Valley, Arizona.

At least seven killed, 67 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for 67 people missing after a strong earthquake which killed at least seven near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.<p>The magnitude 6.4 quake, which hit near the coastal city just …

Top Road Trip Spots in North America, From a Man Who's Seen It All

1 of 25<p>Medicine Lake — Alberta, Canada<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 25<p>Tombstone Territorial Park — Yukon Territory, Canada<p>3 of 25<p>Salmon Glacier — British …

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