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The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn

The West is on Fire: Here's How Travelers Can Avoid the Burn Aug 23rd, 2013 at 1:30PM: Colorado has their most destructive wildfire on record this season, while a massive California blaze is currently threatening Yosemite National Park. Several of Montana's most scenic highways were closed this week due to fire conditions, rerouting many travelers and affecting local businesses. Other recent blazes have plagued Idaho, including the popular Sun Valley resort, and Utah. Travelers...

Scientists Preserve Cannons That Started The Civil War

Scientists Preserve Cannons That Started The Civil War Jun 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: National Park Service Historic cannons from Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, that date to the Civil War have been meticulously conserved and returned to the fort, the National Park Service announced. Some of these big guns, weighing up to 15,000 pounds each, were used to fire on Fort Sumter just across Charleston Harbor. It was this attack on a federal fort that was the official start of the Civil...

Hiking in Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Hiking in Triglav National Park, Slovenia Jun 14th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Sean McLachlan We've been talking about Slovenia for the past week here on Gadling. It's got everything you'd expect from a European country: beautiful architecture, medieval churches and castles, world-class museums, a distinct cuisine ... but every European country can boast these things. What really sets Slovenia apart? The countryside. The Julian Alps take up a large part of the country and...

Video: 100 Years Of Climbing Mt. McKinley

Video: 100 Years Of Climbing Mt. McKinley Jun 12th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Project Gutenberg Standing 20,320 feet in height, Mt. McKinley is the tallest mountain in North America and one of the most challenging climbs in the entire world. While it doesn't rival the big Himalayan peaks in terms of altitude, it more than makes up for it with a number of technical climbing challenges and notoriously fickle weather that can even be bad during the peak climbing season of May...

Summer Travel: Luxe Hotels In Or Near National Parks

Summer Travel: Luxe Hotels In Or Near National Parks Jun 5th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr user YoTut Planning a trip this summer? Why not make it family friendly with at trip to a national park? While we love spending our days hiking, biking or riding the river, we're not always about camping out or grabbing the nearest roadside motel after a long day outside. Here are some of our favorite luxe hotels in or near national parks: Budget Tip: Time it right by visiting a National...

National Park App Maker Back With Better, Free Offer

National Park App Maker Back With Better, Free Offer Apr 22nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Last year, in celebration of National Park Week, Chimani Apps gave away their suite of National Park apps. Normally, the apps sell for between $4.99-$9.99 each with an average rating of 4 1/2 stars, but the company gave away one million downloads. Now, Chimani is back with five new national park apps that feature an augmented reality viewer, crowd-sourced maps and a social sharing tool enabled...

VIDEO: Prehistoric Art Of Panther Cave Reproduced In 3D

Mar 10th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Panther Cave in Seminole Canyon, Texas, has some of the country's best-preserved prehistoric cave paintings. A colorful frieze of leaping panthers, feathered shamans and strange abstract shapes have puzzled researchers for decades. It appears to be telling a story of some sort, but what does that story say? Now this new 3D video allows you to study it for yourself. Color enhancement brings...

New National Park In The Congo Will Protect Lowland Gorillas

New National Park In The Congo Will Protect Lowland Gorillas Feb 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is hailing the creation of a new national park in the Republic of Congo as a major step towards protecting western lowland gorillas. The park, which was officially created on December 28 of last year, is believed to be the home of more than 15,000 of the creatures, which have been on the "critically endangered" list for many years. Located in the northern...

Rafter Mysteriously Goes Missing In Grand Canyon

Rafter Mysteriously Goes Missing In Grand Canyon Jan 17th, 2013 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service has a mystery on their hands and it is proving to be a difficult one to solve. Twenty-one-year-old Kaitlin Kenney was part of a month-long private rafting party in the Grand Canyon when she mysteriously went missing last week. Kenney was last seen on Friday, January 11, in a camp near Tapeats Creek along the northern bank of the Colorado River. What happened to her...

Yellowstone National Park Opens For Winter Season Tomorrow

Yellowstone National Park Opens For Winter Season Tomorrow Dec 14th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service has announced that Yellowstone National Park will open for the winter season beginning tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. Visitors will be able to gain access to the park via the North, South and West Entrances and travel is allowed on interior roads via commercially operated snowcoaches or on guided snowmobile excursions. Also opening for the season starting tomorrow will be the...

Photo Of The Day: Buffalo In Yellowstone

Photo Of The Day: Buffalo In Yellowstone Nov 4th, 2012 at 8:00PM: Yellowstone National Park is among our country's most famous, and arguably most beautiful, natural wonders. In addition to dramatic scenery, the park is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including elk, wolves, bears and that most iconic of symbols from the American Plains: the buffalo. I love the lighting, the idyllic setting and most importantly, the herd of buffalo grazing in today's...

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India Sep 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Two recent poaching incidents reveal the dangers faced by India's rare animals, even when they are supposedly under protection. The BBC reports that a one-horned rhino was shot in Assam when it wandered out of Kaziranga National Park. Poachers took its horn but the animal did not die. Park staff are now trying to save it. The park is home to about two-thirds of the world's population of...

Exploring The Beauty Of Acadia National Park

Exploring The Beauty Of Acadia National Park Jul 23rd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The United States is home to many beautiful national parks worth exploring. One of these is Maine's Acadia National Park, the first national park to have been established east of the Mississippi River. Rugged coastline, granite peaks, historic hiking trails, myriad plant and animal species and Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain on the United States' North Atlantic Coast at 1,532 feet, all...

Belgian Trekker Murdered In Nepal

Belgian Trekker Murdered In Nepal Jun 27th, 2012 at 8:00AM: A 23-year-old Belgian trekker who had been missing for ten days was found murdered in a popular national park in Nepal. The decapitated remains of Debbie Maveau were discovered on June 14, but authorities remain baffled as to who could have killed her and why. Maveau was traveling solo through Nepal when she elected to visit the popular Langtang National Park, located along the border of Tibet....

A US National Park Ranger Tells All

A US National Park Ranger Tells All Apr 10th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Memorial Day is fast approaching, kicking off the beginning of the busiest time for America's national parks – the summer season. Budget Travel has just published some confessions from a national park ranger (stationed at the Grand Canyon, judging from his anecdotes). Think Americans are the most reverent about our national treasures? Think again. It's more likely to be a foreigner who knows...

New Civil War museum at Appomattox features General Lee's sword and uniform

New Civil War museum at Appomattox features General Lee's sword and uniform Mar 26th, 2012 at 10:00AM: As we reported a year ago, a new Civil War museum has been under construction at Appomattox, Virginia. It is a branch of Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy and will commemorate the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the aftermath of the Civil War. Now the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox is almost complete and will open March 31. Among the displays are...

Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass to be reenacted in New Mexico

Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass to be reenacted in New Mexico Mar 21st, 2012 at 2:30PM: The Battle of Glorieta Pass, the most important battle of the Civil War in the Southwest, will be reenacted this weekend in New Mexico. This important battle took place on March 26 and 28, 1862, but the reenactment will take place on the weekend of March 24 and 25. A Confederate army under General Henry Hopkins Sibley had marched out of Texas to take what was then the New Mexico Territory....

Photo of the Day: Horse in Torres del Paine

Photo of the Day: Horse in Torres del Paine Feb 26th, 2012 at 8:00PM: Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, located at the southern end of South America, is the kind of place you romanticize when you think of wild, unspoiled nature. I've never been, but I have a vision in my head of towering pinnacles of rock, windswept fields of grass, and serene babbling brooks. It turns out the real thing is just as beautiful - Flickr user LeaningLeft snapped this...

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park

Oklahoma's largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park Nov 7th, 2011 at 2:30PM: The Honey Springs Battlefield Park in Oklahoma may become a new addition to the National Park Service, the Tulsa World reports. The U.S. Department of the Interior said in a report that there's "potential action" for "support designation of Honey Springs as a National Battlefield Park." Now Oklahoma history buffs are scratching their heads over just what that means. The Tulsa World couldn't...

Wildlife refuge on island of Sanibel, Florida, introduces iNature Trail for smartphone users

Oct 13th, 2011 at 3:00PM: The J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge has introduced a new interactive smartphone capability for visitors. Called iNature Trail, the program utilizes QR (Quick Response) codes that are located around the refuge, which can be scanned by your smartphone using free downloadable applications like Neoscan and QR Scan. Once scanned, the codes will bring up YouTube videos and other informative...

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