National Park Service Announces Visitor Numbers, Top Parks

Blue Ride Parkway in North Carolina topped the list of most visited sites in the National Park System.

Press Release
April 4, 2013

  More than 282 million people visited America’s national parks in 2012, an increase of more than 3 million over 2011. It was the sixth highest annual visitation in the history of the National Park Service, despite nearly 2 million fewer visitors as a result of park closures caused by Hurricane... Read more »

Exploring Everglades National Park in Southern Florida

Alligator sunning - Photo: National park service

Christine Goodier
Photos: Robert Goodier
March 19, 2013

I’ll admit it: we watch reality TV shows set in swamps — the ones where gutsy gals and gritty guys search for enormous reptiles. So in a quest to learn more about our country’s wild creatures, my husband, Bob, and I made a detour last spring during our trip to Florida. After leaving the Florida... Read more »

ARVC Addresses Impact of Sequestration on Travel

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Press Release
March 7, 2013

Editor’s note: The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) posted the following news release on its website articulating its lobbying efforts in the wake of the government’s sequestration, which went into effect March 1. As you are likely aware, Congress did not act by March 1... Read more »

Explorations in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Donna Ikenberry
February 25, 2013

My mom used to despise the desert. She loves all shades of green haunts, and dreary, rainy skies. So it was a surprise when she agreed to take a drive with me through Southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park I had been boasting to her about Joshua Tree and all its... Read more »

Grand Canyon National Park Turns 94

Grand Canyon-Mather Point

Press Release
February 11, 2013

  RVers who find themselves near Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday, Feb. 26, can join in the celebration as the National Park Service marks the 94th birthday of this iconic destination. It was on Feb. 26, 1919, that the Grand Canyon received its national park designation after An Act to Establish... Read more »

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and Trail Ridge Road

Colorados Rocky Mountain National Park

Bobbie Hasselbring
Photos: Anne Weaver
January 23, 2013

As we turn the corner, the scene spreads out before us — mountains so high they’re permanently capped with snow fields, wind-swept alpine valleys, azure blue skies with clouds designed by Maxfield Parrish. We’ve arrived in sky-high heaven. Colorado is known for spectacular scenery and plenty of... Read more »

National Parks ‘Fee Free’ Days Set for 2013

Press Release
November 13, 2012

  More than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other federal lands will offer free admittance on selected dates in 2013. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made the announcement this week and said the free admission is an invitation to all Americans to “visit and enjoy... Read more »

National Parks Focus of Grand Canyon Summit

Grand Canyon Lodge

Press Release
October 24, 2012

  Nearly 150 leaders of the American national park community gathered at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park for a five-day discussion of opportunities and concerns. The meeting, Grand Thoughts at the Grand Canyon, was organized by the National Park Hospitality Association... Read more »

Rare, Deadly Disease Hits Yosemite National Park Visitors

Yosemite National Park

Press Release
August 29, 2012

The National Park Service posted the following press release concerning a virus that has been linked to cabins at Yosemite National Park. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK – The recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, has prompted Yosemite National Park... Read more »

Poll Shows Support for National Parks

Press Release
August 7, 2012

  According to a new public opinion poll commissioned by the National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), national parks are cherished by an overwhelming 95 percent of likely voters who want the federal government to ensure the parks are both... Read more »

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