Tag: Lassen Volcanic National Park

Popular Lassen Park Attraction Closed During 2018

Popular Lassen Park Attraction Closed During 2018

Bumpass Hell.

It sounds like a place to avoid like hell when you’re on vacation.

But Bumpass Hell, the top hydrothermal feature in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park, is one of the “must-see” stops along the 30-mile-long main road through the park.

Unfortunately, those headed to Lassen this summer this summer literally won’t be able to “go to Hell.”

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Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

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 travel publications and blogs have been making much-ado about the 100th year of service by the NPS, and in honor of that agency, PBS stations have been re-running Ken Burns’ 2009 documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

But what may have been overlooked in the hoopla over the park service anniversary, is what made creation of that government entity necessary: The establishment of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, decades earlier in the post-Civil War era.

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“Booking” U.S. National Parks

“Booking” U.S. National Parks

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.

(Joshua Tree National Park Flickr Photo)

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: The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary this coming August, and that alone may prompt even more tourists to head to the hills, valleys, mountains and geothermal features of the most popular parks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite.

Here are two recently published books that will fuel those park-visit fantasies and help you decide which parks to put on your “bucket list” of places to make it to this year.

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