Category: National Parks

May 26

Crater Lake National Park

Lewis and Clark may have been the first non-aboriginal explorers to be awestruck by Crater Lake in Oregon. But they were far from the last. Offering biking, boating, horseback riding and just sheer breathtaking scenery to absorb, it is one of America’s most outstanding national parks. Every year half a million visitors experience something like …

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May 26

Carlsbad Caverns

Outside, Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is nothing special. A few gray rock formations and a bit of scrub brush covering a short cliff. Inside, it is one of the most wondrous landscapes in the world. With over 100 limestone caves to explore, visitors could go spelunking here for years and never see the same …

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May 22

Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton National Park gets its name from the high, jagged mountain in Wyoming that forms the centerpiece of the area. But that description doesn’t begin to capture the scenic glory of this park. Perfect hiking trails, glorious rivers and vast plains of breathtaking beauty greet the visitor at every turn. There are over …

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May 18

Hawaii Volcanoes

Visitors to Hawaii often have something other than visiting a park on their minds. Yet, this island state offers one of the most unusual national parks in the system: the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park covers nearly 505 mi²/1350 km² and has several distinct ecosystems. Here, explorers can find the results of over 70 …

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May 18

Great Smoky Mountains

In the mountains of eastern Tennessee there lies a national park that encompasses over 500,000 acres of lush forest. Part of the Appalachian Highlands, it houses thousands of species of wildlife. It offers unparalleled views of American nature at its finest. The elevation of the park varies from just under 900 feet to over 6,600, …

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May 08

Yosemite National Park

There are some sights and sites that words will never properly describe. Yosemite National Park is in that class. But that is about the only group it’s in because this magnificent natural wonder is otherwise in a class by itself. True, there are dozens of National Parks, many of them heavily forested and offering mountains …

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May 08

White Sands

The name of the White Sands National Monument is well chosen. The sparkling white grains of gypsum that cover the whole area give off an eerie glow as the wind brushes over them. But there is much more that is inviting about this natural wonder in New Mexico. Located in the Tularosa Basin it offers …

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May 08

The Everglades

Only an hour from bustling Miami is one of America’s most unusual parks. Covering over a million and a half acres in southern Florida, The Everglades National Park is a wilderness wonderland. Filled with plant and animal life in abundance, it houses one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Freshwater sloughs provide a home to …

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May 08

Rocky Mountain National Park

At just over 400 square miles (nearly 266,000 acres), Rocky Mountain National Park isn’t the largest in the system by any means. But any of its millions of annual visitors will agree there is none finer. One of the main reasons has to be granted to Trail Ridge Road. Crossing the park from east to …

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May 08

Joshua Tree National Park

The desert is often thought of as a dry, lifeless place. But look closer and you’ll see that Joshua Tree National Park is, in fact, teeming with life. Joshua Tree is located in the San Bernardino desert in Southern California. But, like much of that portion of the state, it is far different from the …

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