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

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

(Originally published September 21, 2016; last updated April 12, 2018)

“$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.

(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

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 passengers.

Only staying part of one day? Just doing a “drive-thru”? It’s still $30.

Come on a motorcycle and you’ll save $5. Come on foot and keep $15 in your wallet.

Still, it seems like a grandiose fee to see that grand view.

But what about the other national parks? What are the entry fees there?

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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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