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A Breathtaking Look at Every U.S. National Park

Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon—you’ve obviously heard of America’s most famous national parks, but did you know the National Park Service manages a whopping 59 parks? From coast to coast (with a couple of parks beyond those coasts), these protected areas represent the best of what this country has to offer. Show More Summary

Dreams of Summer: This is Where and When...Wait, They Made a National Park Out of This?

Why, yes. Yes they did. About two posts ago, I pointed out that there are some places where the geology is kind of...monotonous. One of those places is the vast sage plain east of Grand Canyon and Flagstaff, around the towns of Holbrook and Winslow (yes, that Winslow). Show More Summary

Park Service River Guides Known for Sexual Harassment, Misconduct

A jarring report from the inspector general’s office: National Park Service employees who conduct trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon have been engaged in sexual misconduct and harassment for years, led by boatmen who try to “get laid as much as possible,” according to a new inspector general report. Several members of […]

Grand Canyon History Of Sexual Harassment Exposed

A history of Grand Canyon sexual harassment of female employees on river trips has been alleged. Male staffers at the National Parks Service location have been accused of touching their female counterparts inappropriately and propositioning them for sex, according to a new federal watchdog report. Show More Summary

Report charts history of sexual harassment on river trips through Grand Canyon

A new report by a federal watchdog outlines a history of harassment on river trips through Grand Canyon National Park in which male park employees allegedly propositioned female colleagues for sex, touched them inappropriately and made lewd comments. The report obtained by The Associated Press...

Explore Stunning Day-to-Night Photos of U.S. National Parks

Stephen Wilkes' photographs of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park are literally timeless.

Great Trip: The First National Park, Yellowstone

By Michael Lanza On Sept. 20, 1869, Charles W. Cook, the leader of an expedition exploring the Yellowstone area, came upon the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River for the first time. He wrote afterward in his journal: “I was … Continue reading ?

Charyn Canyon in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Charyn Canyon (also spelled Sharyn) is a great place for a little afternoon adventure. Nicknamed Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the destination is part of a national park and the Charyn River valley, fed by the local Tianshan Mountains.Show More Summary

Giving Thanks For ‘The Best Idea We Ever Had’

By Michael Lanza From Lookout Point, along the North Rim Trail in Yellowstone National Park, you gaze down hundreds of feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, with its crumbling walls of golden, gray, and cream-colored rock and patches of evergreens … Continue reading ?

Photo Gallery: Backpacking in the Grand Canyon

By Michael Lanza A twisting gorge 277 miles long and averaging about 10 miles wide and a mile deep. A national park spanning more than 1.2 million acres. More than 100 named rapids on the Colorado River. The Vishnu Schist … Continue reading ?

One Photo, One Story: Lower Yellowstone Falls, Yellowstone National Park

By Michael Lanza On a bluebird autumn morning, I followed the North Rim Trail along the top of crumbling cliffs of golden rock dropping nearly a thousand feet into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, in Yellowstone National Park. I … Continue reading ?

5 Reasons Why Arizona Is a Top Destination for Families

Grand Canyon National Park (Flickr: Broderick Delaney) Featuring unique museums, luxurious family-friendly resorts and stunning examples of nature's beauty, it's no surprise that Arizona is a top travel destination for families. Whether your family is seeking outdoor adventures or quiet indoor activities, the Grand Canyon State fits the bill. Show More Summary

Historic Chance to Save Our Ocean Treasures

It's easy to think of distinct natural areas on land that matter to us- places like Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, or a favorite spot along the Appalachian Trail. But most of us don't think of our oceans in the same way; they're a mystery, vast and monolithic. Show More Summary

Amtrak’s California Zephyr

I recently traveled west from Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a group of family and friends to visit a number of national parks: Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Zion.  We used Amtrak points (transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards) to make...Show More Summary

Australian man dies from suspected lightning strike at Grand Canyon

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A 21-year-old Australian man was killed by what was believed to be a lightning strike while hiking a popular trial at Grand Canyon National Park, a park official said on Monday. Jonathan Crowden of Alfredton had been hiking alone late...Show More Summary

Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service with the ‘Find Your Park: Press Play’ contest

What comes to mind when you think of national parks? Images of enchanting waterfalls at Yosemite, iconic geysers at Yellowstone or the enormity of the Grand Canyon? Or do you think of the statuesque presence of Lady Liberty, the powerful...Show More Summary

Amtrak Guest Rewards 2016 — Better than expected. My take and recommendations.

Last week, I travelled with family and friends to a number of national parks: Arches, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Zion.  We used Amtrak points (transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards) to make the journey west from Ann Arbor, Michigan. ...Show More Summary

An inconvenient truth - 60 tons of uranium comes down Grand Canyon every year naturally

In the wake of the EPA mine water spill in Colorado a variety of groups are calling for rewriting the nation's mining laws and regulations. Kevin Dahl, Arizona program manager for the National Parks Conservation Association is quoted in today's Tucson newspaper as saying, “Five million people visit the Grand Canyon every year. Show More Summary

The award redemption going away on Tuesday, plus hilarious 1-star National park reviews, undervalued awards and more!

News and notes: An award redemption that will no longer be possible on 9/1, hilarious "1-star" reviews of Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and more awesome travel news

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