National Parks

Our free desktop wallpaper series continues for 2013! Our January photo was taken at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, on Canada’s Vancouver Island.
January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Pacific Rim National Park

Happy 2013! We’ve decided to continue our free desktop calendar series  for another year. It gives my husband Don a chance to show off the wonderful photography that he does in his spare time (and my shots aren’t so bad either). Get your January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  We took this photo, from the Rainforest hiking […]


In honor of World Oceans Day, this week’s Photo Friday takes you to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, on the South Island of New Zealand.
Milford Sound in Fjordland National Park, New Zealand

This post is the latest in our weekly photo series from places that we’ve been: This week’s #FriFoto them on Twitter is OCEANS, in honor of World Oceans Day. This picture comes from Milford Sound, located in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island. The whole park is part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World […]


Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park and one of the largest in the world, yet few people know about it.
Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada

This is second in a series about NWT, Canada’s Northwest Territories. Besides seeing bears and other Canadian animals, the highlight of my trip to the Northwest Territories had to be exploring Wood Buffalo National Park. The park, which straddles the NWT/Alberta border, is the largest in Canada, and one of the largest in the world. […]


Photo Friday: White Sands National Monument

by Don Faust on February 10, 2012

Photo Friday: The eerie beauty of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos) theme is SAND.  In 2006, I embarked on a road trip from Philadelphia to Phoenix driving my Jeep Wrangler only on small, quiet highways, with the intent of stopping at the National Parks that were along  my path.  On my way back to Philly, I had hoped to get to […]


UPDATED, 4/7 – We’re not out of the woods yet: What a government shutdown would mean to National Parks.
Lovers Lane hike, Sol Duc falls, Olympic National Park, Washington

Updated: April 7, 2011: Travelers planning spring vacations to national parks and monuments have been on edge for the past few weeks, as Congress continues to debate the federal budget. While an interim spending bill passed in mid-March delayed the immediate threat of a government shutdown, it’s only a stop-gap measure until this Friday, April […]


A visit to Sol Duc hot springs resort, one of four lodges in Olympic National Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
Sol Duc hot springs, Olympic National Park, Washington

Some things scream Pacific Northwest and the longer that I’m here, the more that I’m diving into the attractions and rhythms of the region. My weekend visit to Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, one of the lodging accommodations based in Olympic National Park, gave me insight into some of the natural phenomenons that this region […]

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No matter where you are, there’s a Starbucks – bring in your travel mug to get a free tax day coffee. Freebies continue into next week with National Park Week, where admission fees to all 392 national parks are waived.

I felt a little guilty slipping past my favorite independent coffee shops this morning, travel mug in hand, on my way to claim my free Tax Day drink at Starbucks. I was happy to see that the nationwide promotion had little effect on the smaller companies’ business; both Chapterhouse and Anthony’s looked full (presumably with […]


Starting today, gun owners will be allowed to carry firearms into national parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Who thinks this is a good idea??

Today, a change in the federal law allows people to carry handguns, rifles and other firearms into national parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon – provided that state’s law OKs it. If this sounds like a radical change, that’s because it is. Visitors have been prohibited from carrying firearms into national parks, except a few in Alaska […]


DC for Free: Teddy Roosevelt Island

by Chris on September 19, 2009

DC for Free: Teddy Roosevelt Island

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     It’s a glorious DC day out there today (and probably tomorrow), one of those rare ones where it’s sunny but not humid, crisp but not chilly. So we got ourselves out of bed early and headed out for a little urban exploration. First stop: Teddy Roosevelt Island National Memorial, just off the George Washington […]


National Park memories

by Chris on September 17, 2009

National Park memories

Two stories on the new Ken Burns’ documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, are up on the USA TODAY website (read the stories here and here – they will be in the print version Friday). The six-part documentary on the history of the parks starts on Sun. Sept. 27; the park service is opening all the park and public lands […]