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Revolutionary War battlefield of Saratoga to be excavated

Revolutionary War battlefield of Saratoga to be excavated Oct 3rd, 2011 at 3:00PM: One of the most important battlefields of the Revolutionary War is going to be excavated by archaeologists ahead of an EPA cleanup. Back in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, General Electric dumped polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the Hudson River near Saratoga, New York. The dumping was banned in 1977 due to risks to public health, and the EPA has ordered GE to dredge up the affected silt from...

Petrified Forest National Park expands by 26,000 acres

Petrified Forest National Park expands by 26,000 acres Sep 9th, 2011 at 2:00PM: The Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona just got bigger to the tune of 26,000 acres. After years of negotiation, the National Park Service bought the land from a ranching family, the Daily Democrat reports. This land had been enveloped by the park when it expanded from 93,500 acres to 218,500 acres in 2004. The park is famous for its colorful petrified trees scattered across the...

Shenandoah National Park celebrates 75 years

Shenandoah National Park celebrates 75 years Jun 14th, 2011 at 10:00AM: I'm currently sitting in a rocking chair in Big Meadows Lodge at Shenandoah National Park listening to a young man talk about his day to what I presume to be his girlfriend back home. "We just spent two hours laying in the grass," he says, adding "it felt good to just be really, ridiculously lazy." I don't know who this guy is or where he is from, but I think many of us can relate to his...

Video of the Day - Make your travel photos Hollywood-worthy

Jun 7th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Vacation photos can sometimes be disappointing, or at very least, a little less 'epic' than how you remembered them. But as Youtube user postjhb shows us in today's Video of the Day, all it takes to turn those summer vacation stills into moving masterpieces is a Photoshop tutorial and a little creative energy. If you need some inspiration for this summer's big getaway, hit play &...

Elephants break out of Tsavo West National Park, locals go into hiding

Elephants break out of Tsavo West National Park, locals go into hiding May 6th, 2011 at 10:00AM: More than 500 elephants strayed out of Tsavo West National Park in Kenya, destroying crops and scaring villagers before being herded back onto park property, the Nairobi Star reports. The elephants were simply grazing and looking for water, park officials say, but that doesn't reassure villagers who saw their fields trampled. The elephants wandered through five villages and there are reports...

Photo of the Day - Canyon hiking

Photo of the Day - Canyon hiking Apr 17th, 2011 at 10:15PM: Nature is all around us, but we don't often stop to admire it. A sudden rainstorm is more of an inconvenience than a wondrous thing when you're on your way to work and your clothes get soaked. That said, a hiking trip is a great way for travelers to rediscover that sense of wonder about the natural world. Today's photo, courtesy of Flickr user AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker, reminds me of that...

Reminder: National Parks Week begins today

Reminder: National Parks Week begins today Apr 16th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Despite the fact that it was nearly shut down by the budget crisis, National Parks Week kicks off today and will run through next Sunday, April 24th. In celebration, many parks in the system will host great events all week long, and all admission fees will be waived to the parks, and dozens of national monuments as well. To find a fee-free destination near you, click here. Some of the...

New apps available for National Park Week and beyond

New apps available for National Park Week and beyond Apr 13th, 2011 at 1:00PM: We have been talking about National Park Week here at Gadling recently, offering information about free admission during the week, Nat Geo bringing national park maps to iPhone and iPad and even a story about a photographer who visited all the parks and lived to tell about it. Today, we have a couple other apps for you to add to your collection. Chimani, LLC announced today that all iPhone...

Photo of the Day - Wildlife in Yellowstone

Photo of the Day - Wildlife in Yellowstone Mar 20th, 2011 at 6:00PM: It's easy to clutter your travel photos with all kinds of random visual information. But sometimes the best shot is also the simplest. For instance today's snap from Photo of the Day regular fiznatty. While exploring the famous Yellowstone National Park, our photographer spotted this elusive Red Fox trotting through the pristine white snow. Your eye is drawn immediately to the fox's...

Nation gears up for Civil War sesquicentennial: reenactments, exhibitions mark the 150th anniversary of America's bloodiest conflict

Nation gears up for Civil War sesquicentennial: reenactments, exhibitions mark the 150th anniversary of America's bloodiest conflict Feb 17th, 2011 at 10:30AM: A hundred and fifty years ago, the United States descended into a bloody Civil War. Young men on both sides eagerly signed up for what they thought would be a short and glorious conflict. A typical example is this private from the Fourth Michigan Infantry, pictured here courtesy of the Library of Congress. He poses, way too young and unconvincingly cocky, in the early days of the war in 1861. It's...

National parks announce fee free days for 2011

National parks announce fee free days for 2011 Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Over the past few years, it has become a tradition for the National Park Service to waive entry fees into the national parks several times a year. Those fee free days have become extremely popular with frugal travelers, who take advantage of the lack of an entry fee to enjoy some of the best natural wonders that America has to offer. Earlier this month the Park Service announced their fee free...

Winter in Whitefish, Montana: where extreme snow sports and radical serenity meet

Winter in Whitefish, Montana: where extreme snow sports and radical serenity meet Jan 26th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Northwestern Montana just doesn't get the credit it deserves. When most tourists ponder Big Sky Country, they think of big lakes, outback hunting and skiing at Big Sky Resort. Truth is, all of those things are most definitely found in the Treasure State, but there's a slice of this place that manages to package a raft of winter sporting activities with a slice of natural beauty that'll burn a...

Shootouts kill five rhino poachers in South Africa

Shootouts kill five rhino poachers in South Africa Jan 16th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Five rhino poachers were killed in two shootouts with South African police this week, the BBC reports. Three were killed in Kruger National Park, one of the most popular game reserves for safaris in South Africa. Two others were killed near the border with Mozambique. Poachers often cross borders in an attempt to evade the law. Two rhino horns were found among the poachers' belongings. ...

Ten great things to do in Yellowstone during the winter

Ten great things to do in Yellowstone during the winter Jan 14th, 2011 at 8:00AM: As many travelers know, Yellowstone National Park is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the entire world. It deftly blends beautiful landscapes, fascinating geothermal activity, and an amazing abundance of wildlife to give a unique experience that has to be seen to be believed. During the summer months, the park is warm, lush, and green but overrun with tourists. Last year the park set...

Five great places to see Native American rock art

Five great places to see Native American rock art Dec 24th, 2010 at 1:00PM: I often hear people saying the U.S. has a short history. Actually it's as ancient as anywhere else. Before the Europeans took over this land there were hundreds of Native American cultures living here. Some have survived; others have disappeared. One of the most evocative reminders of their civilizations is the rock art of the American Southwest. Here are five good places to see some. ...

Permits now required on Yosemite's Half Dome everyday of the week

Permits now required on Yosemite's Half Dome everyday of the week Dec 17th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The National Park Service has announced that permits will now be required everyday of the week for the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National Park during the 2011 summer season. The move is designed to prevent overcrowding on the trail that leads to the summit and is expected to make the steep hike safer for all involved. Earlier this year, the park service announced that permits would be...

Mountain gorillas making a comeback

Mountain gorillas making a comeback Dec 9th, 2010 at 3:00PM: In the latest in a spate of good news about wildlife conservation in Africa, BBC Earth reports that mountain gorillas have increased their numbers on Virunga Massif, their core habitat stretching across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From a population of only 250 thirty years ago, their population has almost doubled to 480 today. Another 302 live in Uganda's Bwindi...

One in five vertebrates face extinction

One in five vertebrates face extinction Nov 13th, 2010 at 12:30PM: The bad news: One in five vertebrates could go extinct within our lifetime, and the number may rise even higher than that. The good news: It would be a lot worse if it weren't for conservation efforts. That's the verdict of a global study of 25,000 threatened vertebrate species presented to the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya, Japan. It...

National parks free for Veterans Day

National parks free for Veterans Day Nov 7th, 2010 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service will host its final fee free day for 2010 this Thursday, November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day, allowing travelers to experience more than 100 parks that generally charge admission at no cost. For a complete list of those parks, grouped by state, click here. A number of the parks will host special ceremonies or commemorative events to honor America's veterans,...

Denali National Park seeks artist in residence

Denali National Park seeks artist in residence Oct 24th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Are you an aspiring artist looking for some inspiration? Do you enjoy the great outdoors and have a desire to paint spectacular landscapes? Then Denali National Park has an opportunity for you. The park is now taking applications for its artist in residence program, seeking qualified artists to visit during the summer of 2011. Each of the residency programs is ten days in length and comes with...

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