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Vacationing in the Last Frontier: Four Travel Ideas with Tips for Exploring Alaska’s National Parks

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By Jim Stratton, Director of NPCA’s Alaska Regional Office I’m guessing that a trip to Alaska is on your life list. It’s one of the few places left on earth where you can go deep into the wilderness and wander among bear, caribou, moose, Dall sheep, and other animals in their mostly untouched natural habitat. As we enter the temperate [...]

Posted on: May 15 2013
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The Best of America, Free: It’s National Parks Week

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“This land was made for you and me,” Woody Guthrie famously sang, and this is the week to prove him right. Acadia, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Gettysburg, Olympic, Rocky Mountain—all of these iconic places and hundreds more are all FREE to enter, now through April 28 as part of National Parks Week. This annual Earth Week celebration serves as a [...]

Posted on: April 22 2013
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Blue and Gray Make Green: Five Interesting Facts about Civil War Battlefield Tourism

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Earlier this week, the Civil War Trust released a ten-page report packed with photos, statistics, and testimonials on the benefits Civil War battlefields have on the economy. The study, Blue, Gray & Green: Economic & Tourism Benefits of Battlefield Preservation, updates the group’s previous economic impact research with new information that underscores the importance of these historic sites during the 150th anniversary of the war, [...]

Posted on: April 10 2013
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Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Data for 2012

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Today, the National Park Service released its annual numbers on the most-visited sites throughout the park system in 2012. Though there aren’t many surprises in this year’s lists, it’s always interesting to see some of the most popular parks in the country and how these numbers compare to previous years. (You can find last year’s numbers on NPCA’s website.) According [...]

Posted on: April 3 2013
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Think Pink: Washington’s Historic Cherry Blossoms, Then and Now

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Washington, D.C., can be a partisan, opinionated, contentious place. Each spring, however, area residents and hundreds of thousands of tourists come together to show bipartisan support for one of the few things just about everyone here can agree on—the beauty of the city’s cherry blossoms. The Japanese government gave more than three thousand flowering cherry trees to the people of the United States as a gift of friendship back in 1912, and the annual blossoming [...]

Posted on: March 28 2013
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