Independence National Historic Park, Pa.

Independence National Historic Park, Pa.

Len Cousineau
January 9, 2013

Every school kid learns the broad strokes that led to the creation of the United States of America: taxation without representation, the Boston Tea Party, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War and the ratification of the United States Constitution. These events and documents... Read more »

Antietam National Battlefield

this-land-Antietam

Len Cousineau
November 15, 2012

Determined to maintain momentum after the Confederate Army’s victory in the Second Battle of Manassas, Va., in August 1862, General Robert E. Lee wrote to Confederate President Jefferson Davis just one month later, “We cannot afford to be idle.” The objectives of Lee’s plan were multifaceted:... Read more »

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Len Cousineau
September 14, 2012

For millions of years, the waterway that today bisects northern Wyoming and southern Montana flowed north, carving a deep canyon that made interacting with the river dangerous for the people who later would inhabit the river’s banks. Yet the Bighorn River became downright friendly to travelers and... Read more »

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

chesapeake

Pamela Selbert
August 31, 2012

On a recent summer morning we stood in front of the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, a few feet away from Lock No. 20 and about 14 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., while we waited for the first trip of the day. Park Ranger, John McCarthy, explained that the fine white-stucco visitor center had... Read more »

Yosemite National Park Responds To Rare, Fatal Disease

Yosemite National Park

Press Release
August 29, 2012

The National Park Service posted the following press release regarding a rare, fatal disease that has hit 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 to scale... Read more »

Grand Teton National Park by RV

Jackson Lake in the morning shows why Grand Teton National Park is one of the gems of the Rocky Mountains.

Pamela Selbert
July 30, 2012

My husband, Guy, and I have visited Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming a number of times over the years. We always marvel at the rugged beauty of these mountains with mirror-smooth Jackson Lake stretching wide in the valley below. No artist could fabricate a more perfect scene.   Under... Read more »

Cabrillo National Monument Educates, Amazes

Cabrillo National Monument View

Len Cousineau
July 23, 2012

San Diego, Calif., is one of the country’s most desirable destinations with fantastic beaches, challenging golf courses and an endless array of restaurants and nightspots. Then there is the world-class San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and the suite of museums at Balboa Park, to name just a few highlights. Tucked... Read more »

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Birthplace Cottage, where Herbert Hoover was born. Credit: National Park Service

Amanda Lepinski, Associate Editor
June 22, 2012

  Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was known as a humanitarian, statesman and mining engineer. Though he grew up to create a legendary legacy for himself, his beginnings were humble. Born in a two-room cottage in West Branch, Iowa on August 10, 1874, Hoover’s Quaker... Read more »

Nebraska’s Miocene Fossils

fossil beds

Len Cousineau
June 18, 2012

You need not be dinosaur crazy to enjoy Nebraska’s Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, but if you’re traveling with youngsters who cannot get enough of the extinct reptiles, perhaps you can introduce them to these fascinating creatures that lived long ago by exploring this national monument’s... Read more »

Michigan’s Mysterious Upper Peninsula

Keweenaw Michigan

Tom Kaiser
May 28, 2012

Michigan’s desolate and heavily forested Upper Peninsula is virtually a no-man’s land. With less than a third of the state’s land area, the U.P. — as it’s called by locals — houses just three percent of Michigan’s residents. With spectacular forests, abundant lakes and waterfalls, many... Read more »

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