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Do You Know How To 'Find Your Park'? We Bet You Will Soon

April 13, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s a whole weekend of free national parks coming your way as complimentary admission is part of the first few days of National Park Week April 18-19. That’s all fine and dandy, but what if you’re not able to figure out the best park for you? Well, that’s where the National Park Service steps in with their new promotion and marketing spinFind Your Park.

First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will partner with the park service as part of the promotion, as everyone goes all in to show what America has in her backyard.

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App Alert: Explore National Parks with Your Own Private Tour Guide

April 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Would you like to pull a personal tour guide out of your pocket on your next National Parks visit? Me too. But because holograms are not yet an option, here’s Just Ahead.”

This latest entry in the universe of handy travel apps is – well, handy. Like, it fits in your hand, on your smartphone, and calls up half a dozen (and growing) virtual “destination guides” of landmark attractions; the focus is on natural wonders like the Yosemite, Death Valley, and Grand Canyon National Parks.

Each tour includes plenty of points of interest within the parks, and many hours’ worth of narration about the sites provided by award-winning travel journalists. (I guess my invitation got lost in the mail. Um, alongside my awards.)

The audio guide offers advice on where to turn and what to do, but also adapts to your route if you just wheel around exploring. And each program can be downloaded (alongside its map) so it doesn’t matter if you lose GPS capability because your smartphone’s signals are bouncing around on them thar canyon walls.

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What to Know About Visiting Santa Cruz in the Channel Islands

April 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

View from the Cavern Point Loop of Scorpion Bay

Yesterday, we showed you a glimpse of what it's like to hike around Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We continue that showcase today with more photos, but also with some practical information on how to make a visit a reality. Because of its location off the coast and the lack of services available on the island, all visitors, both overnight campers and day trippers, must be prepared and aware of what to expect.

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The Hills Will Be Alive on May 24 for the European Day of Parks

April 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here in the nifty fifty we have all kinds of days and weeks devoted to national parks, but apparently we aren’t the only ones celebrating the great outdoors. Those in Europe get in on the fun as well as European Day of Parks is a thing and it’s coming up next month.

This year things are scheduled to take place on May 24, as they embrace the motto—Nature is our Business. The events and activities depend on the park, but expect lessons on the importance of protected areas to the development—environmental and otherwise—of the region. It sounds like special marketplaces will be set up to show off local products and other green goodies.

Things have been taking place like this since 1999, after the folks over at the EUROPARC Federation thought something like this might be a good idea. So if you’re in the neighborhood towards the end of May be sure to skip a museum and head into a park, show nature some support, and enjoy the day.

[Photo of Krkonoše National Park: EUROPARC / Facebook]

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Skip Powerball and Enter This Grand Canyon Lottery Instead

February 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Powerball jackpot is approaching $500 million, but there’s another lottery worth checking out this month. That’s the one over at the Grand Canyon, as it’s time for the annual entry period to score a chance for a non-commercial river trip.

Winners won’t be heading out on the Colorado River until 2016, but with only 472 permits available for 12 to 25 day river trips during next year, this could be a big win for an outdoor enthusiast. For those looking to put names and information in the hat for a chance to win note that applications are accepted between now and noon on February 24.

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New Year, New Free Admission Days to U.S. National Parks

January 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those credit card bills from the holidays are going to be here sooner than later, so it’s time to take advantage of some travel freebies. Just as in years past Uncle Sam is giving away access to a slice of his backyard, as there are a bunch of free admission days to national parks across the nifty fifty during 2015.

The government will get you back around Tax Day, but for now look forward to the following free admission days:

· January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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Sydney Harbour Secrets: The Perfect Picnic Oasis of Shark Island

December 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the ferry to Manly…every tourist to Sydney, Australia knows where to go, but Sydney happens to be home to the largest natural harbour in the world. It’s in and amongst those large sites you’ll find the smaller secrets, and we’re sharing a few of our favorites all this week.

It’s pretty, as a garden island covered in palm trees, fresh-cut grass, wild tropical blooms would be, but it’s Shark Island’s location and serenity that truly makes this patch of only 3.7 acres something special in Sydney. By the way...there are no sharks; the island is so named due it's shape.

Shark Island has no buildings other than an open-air, Queen Anne-style picnic pavilion at its highest point and a few other scattered picnic alcoves. This betrays Shark Island’s chief activity; there’s nothing much else to do than lay on the beach or gaze out to the sailboat traffic of nearby Rose Bay.

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National Parks to Raise Entrance Fees in 2015

October 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

You best review those freebie days for your national park visit once 2015 rolls around, as it looks like Uncle Sam and friends might be raising admission prices.

Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the National Park Service is kicking around the idea of increasing admission costs. This would be the first time in eight years or so in which they have done something like this, so we can only assume it’s not something they decide quickly. The proposals for fee increases are due early next year, so it’ll be at least around spring before we hear anything official.

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Plan Now for 2015's National Park Free Admission Days

October 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never to early to start thinking about 2015, as there are trips to plan, tickets to book, and vacation days to take. That’s why we wanted to pass along the free offerings from the National Park Service, as once again they are offering up free entrance to plenty of parks across the country for several key dates.

Here’s what to expect for 2015:

· January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday (number 99 this year!)

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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BYODrone is No Longer an Option Across US National Parks

June 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gone are your dreams of scenic instagram images during that awesome summer road trip, as it looks like there’s some new rules heading to the national parks across the nifty fifty.

Late last week the National Park Service announced that drones, unmanned aircraft, or whatever you want to call them will be banned in all areas controlled by the park service. That means no taking-off, flying, hovering, or another drone-y activities while in or around national park lands and waters. All in all the rules and regulations affect around 84 million acres of prime real estate across the country.

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Did You Know? There's a Sahara-like Desert South of Denver

Where: Great Sand Dunes National Park [map], Mosca , Colorado, United States
June 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

Great Sand Dunes National Park at sunset

With the calendar now on June and nighttime temperatures becoming more consistent, camping season is upon us across most of the country. Things are moving a bit slower in Colorado, though, as the snow-filled winter has translated into a wet, spring runoff that has left campsites and surrounding trails soggy.

But that doesn't mean we can't have a good adventure while we wait for things to dry out. In this travel snapshot, we feature Great Sand Dunes National Park, located four hours south of Denver. When things have the potential to be wet and sloppy during the spring or late fall, seek refuge amongst the gigantic sand dunes, where it is sure to be warm and dry.

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Plug In and Log On in Canada's National Parks

Where: Canada
May 15, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sharing on social media straight from the great outdoors is about to get that much easier, as Canada has big plans for some connectivity across their national parks.

Canada Parks is the group behind the new idea, as they’re responsible for keeping the signs looking good and taking out the tourist trash across almost 50 national parks and even more historic sites. Now they’re taking steps to improve the outdoor experience—at least in theory—as they’ll be installing WiFi hotspots across plenty of destinations.

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