Ancient History in Chaco Canyon

The mysterious petroglyphs in Penasco Blanco are thought to show a massive supernova from the year 1054.

Donna Ikenberry
May 14, 2012

Spring was perfect with mild days and clear nights just right for exploring and stargazing. We hiked through the abundant ruins during the day, marveling at the Chacoans’ architectural skills. At night, we stared up at the Milky Way and countless stars, knowing we were gazing at the same sky they did... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park

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Len Cousineau
April 23, 2012

Only about 50 miles from the incomparable Mammoth Cave, another of Kentucky’s attractions draws travelers who are interested in American history. Although George Washington is often viewed as the father of our nation, perhaps no one has done more to shape the country we live in today than Abraham Lincoln.... Read more »

Traveling Death Valley By Trailer: Why Not?

Death Valley Travel

Barry Zander
April 16, 2012

I grew up picturing the desert as I saw it on Saturday morning TV westerns. That impression – of uninhabitable expanses that required 100 gallons of water to drive across – stayed with me until I experienced the desert for myself.  As RVers, we seek variety in our camping spots. My wife, Monique,... Read more »

Glacier National Park: An RV Adventure

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

Bruce Leonard Jr.
April 9, 2012

As adventures go, I wasn’t expecting much. After all, I had been told the two-and-a-half-hour excursion I’d be taking required participants be at least 54 inches tall and at least 10 years old – the kind of restrictions enforced at amusement parks, not in the great outdoors. Sporting endeavors... Read more »

Trujillo Homesteads Named National Historic Landmark

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March 22, 2012

The Trujillo Homesteads, an early Latino settlement in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, has been designated a National Historic Landmark.  In December, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a preliminary report by the National Park Service that identifies a number of important historic and cultural... Read more »

Civil War Charleston: Fort Sumter National Monument

Fort Sumter

Len Cousineau
March 12, 2012

Every American school kid learns the basic facts about the Civil War, but people who want an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of American history and culture should revisit the Civil War as adults. Doing so by traveling to any of the 70 national park sites that detail aspects of the war may... Read more »

Call of the Wild Animals: Traveling to Great Congregations

Snow Geese

Donna Ikenberry
March 8, 2012

Watching animal life in the wild is always amazing, but recently I realized that seeing large numbers of animals, great congregations of them, is even more of a thrill. Take, for instance, sandhill cranes. They migrate in the thousands and can be viewed in many places throughout the country, including... Read more »

Loveland, Colorado: Romance, Culture and Wilderness

Loveland Colorado

Irene Middleman Thomas
February 14, 2012

Just like children have been sending letters to Santa in the North Pole for decades, thousands of folks send their Valentine’s Day cards to Loveland, Colorado to be restamped with the Loveland postmark. Since 1946, this farming community-turned-arts center has been known as America’s “Sweetheart... Read more »

The Talk of Utah: Dead Horse Point

People have been talking about Utah's Dead Horse Point State Park for the past 10,000 years for good reason.

Donna Ikenberry
January 6, 2012

Although you may not guess it by its name, Dead Horse Point State Park is a delightful place. It sits atop a lofty mesa with see-forever views, stunning cliffs, canyon rims, fun and challenging mountain bike trails and hiking trails that lead to even more grand views. This is the place people have been... Read more »

This Land: Redwood National Park

The northern sea cliffs and southern bluffs offer another spectacular view.

Bruce Leonard Jr.
January 6, 2012

Visitors need not understand where one park ends and another begins to appreciate the cooperative management effort that allows one national park and three state parks on the western edge of Northern California’s Coast Range to function as an enormous and fascinating tourist destination. In 1923,... Read more »

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