Our National Parks

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Acadia National Park in Spring

<i>Photo: Colorful rocks that more resemble marbles more than rocks at Little Hunters Beach – Acadia National Park, Maine</i><p>In May of this year I had an …

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Acadia National Park, Maine

Whether you're looking to mud-walk in the Netherlands or ride the rails through Russia, check out our editors' list of 10 incredible locations to see this season.<p>Enlarge<p><b>PERFECT FOR:</b> National park collectors<p><b>WHY:</b> Acadia, the first national park in the eastern United States, celebrates its centennial …

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Joshua Tree National Park (California, USA)

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"The Breaking of the Clouds" - Mount Rainier National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most beautiful marine parks in the U.S.

Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most beautiful marine parks in the U.S. the picturesque area has turquoise waters that would normally be …

Big Bend National Park

<b>Big Bend National Park</b> <i>OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Backpacking, river trips, horseback riding, mountain biking, bird watching, day hikes</i>. Big Bend National …

Hot Springs National Park: You'll Wish You Were Here

Part of the National Park System Since 1832<p>In 1832, President Andrew Jackson signed legislation to set aside this area as a federal reservation, …

Insider's Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

<i>Map illustration by Nicole Varvitsiotes</i><p>Why go now?<p>While the Smokies can be enjoyed any time of year, early summer is a particularly nice time, as …

100 fascinating facts about US national parks

1) Add all America’s National Parks together and you get an area of 84 million acres. The UK measures in at just over 60 million acres.<p>2) In 1918 Alaska’s Katmai National Monument was established to preserve the “Valley of 10,000 Smokes” after the Novarupta Volcano filled it with an …

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Badlands National Park: Bison Bison Bison

<i>Over 300 million people visited the national parks system in 2015 — and many left with indelible memories. In anticipation of the park system turning 100 in August, we asked five writers — three novelists, a memoirist and a poet — to recount times when a national park left a mark on their lives.</i><p>I …

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7 Locations For Great Photos While Visiting Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park, located on the eastern coast of the beautiful state of Maine, is a photographer's dream. Photographers have long been drawn to the rugged coastlines, iconic lighthouses, and warm tones of the northern light. If you are looking to visit this park and are interested in capturing …

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Nevada's Wild Jewel: Great Basin National Park

One of the first things that we do when en route to a new park is to learn about the geography and landscape of the area to help us determine where to explore and how we'll want to photograph it. We read a lot while on the road. Our introduction to park #20 was particularly interesting because it …

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Exploring The Parks: A Stay In Isle Royale National Park

The Rock Harbor complex offers lodging, boat rentals, and a restaurant/David and Kay ScottWe recently returned for a stay of several nights in Isle …

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10 Best National Parks to Visit In Summer

With the centennial of the National Parks service this summer, 2016 is the year to stay local and explore America. In the summer, national parks …

Nature

14 photographs that prove Yosemite is America's greatest national park

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Through the Brush

Wind Cave National Park | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota

Hours:<p>Wind Cave National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day.<p>Visitor center hours and guided tours of the cave vary by season.<p>Fees:<p>There are no …

When you explore Jewel Cave and Wind Cave in South Dakota, revelations may be around the next corner

Descending into the darkness, we shed light on ourselves<p>Visitors to the caves of the National Park Service have much to discover. Here is what it’s like to explore two in South Dakota: the still largely uncharted Jewel Cave and the winding, wondrous Wind Cave.<p><i>The 410 units of the National Park</i> …

Sunset in Zion National Park

Arches National Park

Description<p>Arches National Park protects the greatest concentration of natural sandstone arches anywhere on earth. Like many other parks on the …

Arches National Park

An Underground World: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

This week, we explore a national park -- and UNESCO World Heritage Site -- in the American Southwest. This national park, near the city of Carlsbad, …

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7 Things You Didn't Know About America's National Parks

A short list of NPS lore that will impress at your next dinner party.<p>Nearly <b>11 million people</b> visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2015. …

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Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

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'My God! It Can’t Be!': Memorable Moments at America's National Parks

Writers recall tales of grandeur, humility, and stupidity at their favorite national parks.<p>You’ve probably car-camped in one with your family, …

Nature

The Ultimate Guide to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Travel tips for visiting the Smokies:<br>-Hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and more are all fun activities within the park, but it's also …

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America’s Best Secret National Parks

When Fred and Debbie Koegler told friends they were taking their two boys to spend Christmas in a national park, everybody assumed they’d be surrounded by rocky peaks and pine trees in some snowbound mountain lodge. Quite the contrary. Instead, they spent the holiday south of the equator on a …

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Badlands Bighorns

Fabulous Things to Do in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park- The First Eastern Park<p>Acadia has the bragging rights to be created as the first eastern national park in the U.S. It can be …

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