Get Free Admission During National Park Week

National Parks Service Logo

Amanda Lepinski
April 6, 2012

Mark your calendar for April 21-29 to celebrate National Park Week. This presidentially declared week has been allotted for Americans to celebrate the diversity, beauty and history within our national park system. The National Park Service (NPS) oversees 397 national parks and more than 84 million acres... Read more »

Discover Wildflower Wonders With New U.S. Forest Service Map

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April 5, 2012

  The U.S. Forest Service has released an updated online wildflower map with hundreds of locations within national forests for prime wildflower viewing, making it easier than ever to enjoy America’s great outdoors. The wildflower map includes 317 wildflower viewing areas on National Forest System... Read more »

Tents for Troops sets sights on free camping for active military

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Laura Michaels
April 3, 2012

  Tents for Troops has created a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site asking President Obama to issue an executive order compelling parks/recreation areas on all federal lands to allow free camping for active military and active reserves. The Tents for Troops program, which... Read more »

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park by RV

Colorado High Desert

Bobbie Hasselbring
March 26, 2012

The roar is audible even before we see the river. The overlook goes right to the Black Canyon’s edge, a dizzying 2,700-foot drop down to the torrential Gunnison River. We stand mesmerized and a little terrified by the unfathomable depth of the steep black granite walls and the green ribbon of water... Read more »

RV Destination: Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Amanda Lepinski
March 22, 2012

Construction began on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall of 1935 and for the past 76 years it has been an American staple. Spanning 469 miles through 29 counties, the parkway takes travelers along the Appalachian mountains through North Carolina and Virginia providing a unique view of foliage and history. Drivers... Read more »

Weekend Escape: Oregon’s John Day Country

John Day Country Oregon

Bobbie Hasselbring
Photography: Anne Weaver
March 12, 2012

Perched on the John Day River in eastern Oregon  and a stone’s throw from the undulating Painted Hills of the John Day Fossil Beds, the John Day area is perfect for a quiet and relaxing motorhome getaway. It’s nearly 9 p.m. on Friday when we head east on U.S. Highway 26 toward Mount Hood, a picturesque... Read more »

Cedar City Utah: the Gateway to the Great Canyons

RV action along scenic Route 9 through Zion National Park, UT

Dave G. Houser
March 5, 2012

You’ve heard it time and  again. Location, location, location. It’s an old mantra most often used in business but it applies just as well to Cedar City, Utah, and RVers looking to explore the most spectacular canyon complex in the nation, if not the world. Nestled among the foothills of scenic southwest... Read more »

Sierra Nevada: How the West Won Us

Sierra Nevada Arch

Richard and Ellen Thane
February 23, 2012

For decades we’ve traveled California’s picturesque U.S. Highway 395 along the eastern Sierra Nevada, which is Spanish for “snowy range.” We have always been in a hurry to get from one end of the country to another. Sure the scenery was pretty but after stopping at Yosemite National Park and... Read more »

Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park: It Started with a Spark

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Bert Gildart
February 20, 2012

In June 22, 1969, Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire, sparking the creation of a national environmental celebration most of us recognize as Earth Day. But fire on the river prompted such a thorough cleanup of the Cuyahoga that the area was eventually elevated to national park status, meaning the area... Read more »

Meeting Up At Four Corners Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument Sipapu Bridge

Gary Wescott
February 15, 2012

If you’re traveling through the American Southwest, U.S. Highway 160 passes by an interesting point on the map. Four Corners Monument is the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado) come together, and you can even stand in all four at the same time. That’s... Read more »

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