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The Government is Back Up and Running, and So Are the National Parks

The Government is Back Up and Running, and So Are the National Parks Oct 17th, 2013 at 9:45AM: Grand Canyon National Park, Flickr Everyone rejoice: now that the shutdown is finally over, government employees can get back to work and the rest of us can go out and explore any National Park that we feel like. No sneaking around with the risk of getting fined, you can now travel as you wish. While some National Parks found ways to open back up during the shutdown, thanks to a handful of...

Shutdown Won't Stop Travel: Tourists Are Sneaking Into Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks

Shutdown Won't Stop Travel: Tourists Are Sneaking Into Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks Oct 9th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Stuart Seeger, Flickr Not allowed to go where you want to on account of the government shutdown? That doesn't pose a problem for some. Because hey, if you've traveled far to see a certain landmark, you're going to do everything in your power to see it. Or at least that is the thought pattern of the people who have been sneaking into Grand Canyon National Park recently. May we remind you that...

Historian Says Best Way To Save Manassas Battlefield Is To Expand Highway Through It

Historian Says Best Way To Save Manassas Battlefield Is To Expand Highway Through It Oct 2nd, 2013 at 12:30PM: Wikimedia Commons Manassas Battlefield Park has been struggling with traffic for a long time. The site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas, also known as the battles of Bull Run, it's rich in Civil War history. The main reason two battles were fought there was that the Warrenton Turnpike, the main road from Virginia to Washington D.C., cut right through it. That turnpike is now Lee...

U.S. National Parks Try New Ways To Appeal To Minorities

U.S. National Parks Try New Ways To Appeal To Minorities Sep 6th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr, Sam Garcia for the City Project While U.S. national parks see millions of annual visitors, only 1 in 5 are non-white, and Hispanics (the fastest-growing demographic in America) account for only 1 in 10 visitors. The New York Times just reported about programs hoping to increase visitor diversity by engaging minority audiences with targeted blogger content and highlighting American Latino...

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...

Is 'Cabineering' The New Glamping?

Is 'Cabineering' The New Glamping? Jun 29th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Courtesy of Delaware North Parks & Resorts Love the outdoors but roughing it, not so much? A new movement called cabineering might be for you. The term was coined by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, which operates historic and scenic properties throughout North America and Australia, to describe its new Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone. The upscale 50-cabin property is scheduled...

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...

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks

'Sesame Street' Explores The National Parks Jun 6th, 2013 at 8:00AM: National Park Service The creative minds behind the long-running PBS children's television series "Sesame Street" have joined forces with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to produce a series of videos designed to connect young children with nature. The six videos, which can be found on YouTube, star popular characters Elmo and Murray who are joined by Park Rangers from...

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains

Photo Of The Day: A Sunburst From Australia's Blue Mountains May 31st, 2013 at 5:00PM: VernsPics, Flickr Just outside of Sydney, Australia's city limits are the Blue Mountains. The region has gorgeous plateaus and cliffs that are covered in lush greenery that seem as though they have never been touched. Flickr user VernsPics slept in a cave and rose with the sun to get this unbelievable sunrise peeking through the clouds. If you have a great travel shot, submit it to our...

@American_Latino Expedition Looks To Bring Diversity To National Parks

@American_Latino Expedition Looks To Bring Diversity To National Parks May 21st, 2013 at 8:00AM: National Park Service In an effort to increase diversity in America's national parks, the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation has announced a nation wide search for bloggers to take part in an exciting new adventure. Yesterday, the ALHF launched the @American_Latino Expedition, which will explore three parks this summer while simultaneously raising awareness of the...

Nature Valley Trail View Adds Sequoia National Park To Virtual Hikes

Nature Valley Trail View Adds Sequoia National Park To Virtual Hikes Apr 26th, 2013 at 8:00AM: In March of last year, Nature Valley launched their Trail View website, giving deskbound outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to take a virtual hike through three of the most popular national parks in the U.S. The website employed technology similar to Google's Street View to give us the opportunity to explore more than 300 miles of trails in the Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountains and...

National Park Week Begins Tomorrow!

National Park Week Begins Tomorrow! Apr 19th, 2013 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation will kick off their annual spring celebration of the parks tomorrow, as National Park Week officially gets under way. The event will run from April 20-28 and will feature a number of special activities throughout the parks, including free entry Monday through Friday of next week. The national parks have long been favorite destinations...

Photo Of The Day: Milford Sound, New Zealand

Photo Of The Day: Milford Sound, New Zealand Apr 12th, 2013 at 6:00PM: New Zealand seems to be infinitely photogenic and these unbelievable fjords in Milford Sound are an astounding testament to that notion. Taken by Andrea Schaffer, this image gets me incredibly excited about different ideas for traveling the North and South Islands. I'm now filled with daydreams of jetting off to below the equator and living in a campervan. You too can have your photography...

National Park Service Releases 2012 Attendance Numbers

National Park Service Releases 2012 Attendance Numbers Apr 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Yesterday the National Park Service released the official attendance numbers for each of the parks in 2012. The list gives us some insights into the most popular destinations with travelers in the U.S. park system with some very well known and iconic parks earning the top spots. The numbers also indicate that travelers don't seem to be growing tired of the parks either, as more than 282 million...

Statue Of Liberty To Reopen By July 4

Statue Of Liberty To Reopen By July 4 Mar 22nd, 2013 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Statue of Liberty will reopen to visitors this summer just in time to celebrate America's birthday. The iconic statue, and the island it sits on, suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy in October but is now on track to return to service by July 4, 2013. During the mega-storm that engulfed the East Coast last year,...

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico Mar 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Neon colored fruity cocktails consumed poolside with college students and bad house music in the background not really your thing? Spring break can be a lot of things, and it doesn't have to fit the classic stereotype of sunburned jocks taking tequila shots in Cabo. Spring is that perfect time of year when it's not quite summer but the weather's nicer so you can take full advantage of the...

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...

Mammoth Cave Surpasses 400 Miles In Length

Mammoth Cave Surpasses 400 Miles In Length Feb 24th, 2013 at 8:00AM: The National Park Service has announced that the official length of Mammoth Cave now surpasses 400 miles as ten miles of newly mapped chambers and passageways were recently added to the cave complex. Park officials say that these additional miles were the result of a series of smaller, more incremental finds, and were not the result of a single major discovery. Exploration and mapping of these new...

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