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A Dynamic Duo of Destinations: Cuba and U.S. National Parks

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In 2016 there are two destinations that are both figuratively and literately “hot” – Cuba and the U.S. National Parks. Things are literally “cooking” in Havana where temperatures and humidity right now are both in the 90s, reminiscent of what I experienced while visiting just-to-the-north-a-bit Miami back in August of 1961. While this week the […]

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Visiting U.S. National Parks in 2016

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I haven’t got a national park “life list” where I’ve ticked off every one of the country’s national parks, monuments and seashores I’ve visited, although if I did, I’d soon be adding one more to it: Acadia National Park in coastal Maine. 2016 is the centennial of the U.S. National Park service, so interest in […]

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Escaping Crowds at U.S. National Parks

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Last week I covered two new books that are sure to spur interest in visiting U.S. national parks. But there’s a problem with that increased interest which comes as the National Park Service celebrates its centennial: The most popular parks are already very crowded, especially in whatever is there high season. If you are thinking […]

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“Booking” U.S. National Parks

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Last January I wrote about the importance of planning your summer visits to U.S. National Parks in the Western U.S. well in advance of your trip. Even though it is still officially winter throughout America, you should act now to make your dreams of a national park vacation come true for one very important reason: […]

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“Passing” at U.S. National Parks

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My first visit to s U.S. National Park was over 50 years ago, maybe even as many as 60. Since then, I’ve been to nearly every one in the Western U.S., and met the woman I’d marry (we’re still together) in Yosemite in 1968. (We’ll run another story about Yosemite tomorrow.) Way back then, I’d […]

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Free This Weekend: U.S. National Parks

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Free entrance to national parks this weekend (via The Bay Citizen) Want to do something fun and free this weekend? Visit a national park. The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all of its parks this Saturday, June 9, as part of Get Outdoors Day, an effort to encourage people to visit the great outdoors. […]

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“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

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In August, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its 100th year protecting the parks and helping park visitors enjoy the country’s scenic and cultural wonders. Since summer vacations have come and gone for the year, thoughts of trips to those parks made this year may already be fading from memories of those who enjoyed what […]

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Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

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“$30 park fee?” That’s what my wife said after reading an article in our local newspaper about what it costs to “get in the door” at Grand Canyon National Park. That sounded high to me, so I checked the park’s Website. Yep, it’s $30 for a 7-day pass for a single non-commercial vehicle and its […]

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“Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America National Parks”

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A to Z. Acadia to Zion, I’ve been to both, and thirty-two of the fifty-seven others in that alphabetical list of U.S. national parks. I’ve never had a year’s paid vacation to visit them. But Mark Woods, author of Lassoing the Sun, did. He was one lucky guy.

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Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

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When I made a guest appearance last month on the award-winning NPR podcast, “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer,” the show’s host and my travel writing colleague, Tom Wilmer, and I discussed visiting U.S. National Parks during this year’s centennial celebration of the establishment of the National Park Service. Both the general news media and […]

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The National Parks: America’s Best “Fixer Up” Idea

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When I read the April TV schedule for one of my local PBS affiliate stations, I saw that Ken Burns’ six-part, twelve-hour documentary television series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will air again this year in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Let’s assume that you’ve heeded my past advice […]

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