• Elves Chasm in Grand Canyon National Park.

    It’s Waterfall Season! 10 Places to Celebrate

    As temperatures warm, a season’s worth of snow will melt into rushing cascades of water. Early spring is generally the best time to see waterfalls, before summer’s heat dries up the flow (though there are a couple of exceptions below). These ten picture-perfect parks are great bets to experience a natural rush. Click the photos […]

  • A marker in the Great Smoky Mountains for one of America's most famous trails., the Appalachian Trail.

    On the Trail with Magellan

    My Four Days in One of the Country’s Most Famous Hiking Communities

    Soon, the first signs of spring will arrive in Georgia. For some hardy souls, its arrival will be like a race’s starting gun, propelling them on a journey over mountains and across state borders. These individuals are the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Though thousands of people walk this world-renowned trail each year, outdoor lovers exploring the […]

  • President Obama speaks about Pullman's significance at the ceremony to designate the site a national monument.

    FAQ: New National Monument at Pullman Shines a Spotlight on Community Spirit and Our Shared Heritage

    Earlier today, President Obama stood in front of hundreds of community advocates in Chicago and declared Pullman a national monument. This long-awaited event is the result of years of work by NPCA and so many people that care about this place’s significant contributions to our shared history, from the U.S. labor movement to Civil Rights. […]

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California, the most popular site in the national park system in 2014.

    Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Sites of 2014

    New numbers break all-time national park tourism records

    Yesterday, the National Park Service released data on the number of people who visited sites throughout the park system in 2014. The whopping 292.8 million total visits broke the previous record of 287.2 million visits set in 1987 and was 7 percent higher than the 273.6 million visits throughout the park system in 2013. (You can find last year’s […]

  • A colorful dragon graces a former prison cell as part of the @Large exhibit at Alcatraz.

    The Art of Resistance

    Exhibit on Free Speech Brings Inspiration and Uncomfortable Juxtapositions to Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    It was a typical San Francisco winter day—in other words, we couldn’t see farther than a car’s length ahead of us—as my family and I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog horns were blowing, reminding my mom of how, as a child, she’d look out across the San Francisco Bay shrouded in mist […]

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