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State Parks

National Parks, Rights, and the Need for Fairness

David Wilkie | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
David Wilkie

Building and maintaining a strong constituency for protected areas is essential if wildlife and wild places are going to be conserved. This requires honesty when considering the benefits and costs of protected areas, an inclusive approach to decision making, and a willingness by those who benefit from the taking of natural resources to compensate those whose lives are diminished.

Oregon's Boardman State Park Is Straight Out of a Fairytale

Roadtrippers | Posted 01.18.2015 | Travel

From Arch Rock and Natural Bridges to the 27-mile long Oregon Coast Trail, a visit will take you through 300-year-old sitka spruce trees and lush forests.

Illinois' Most Popular State Parks for Fall

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.10.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Cool temperatures, colorful foliage and a spooky atmosphere can only mean one thing: fall has come to Illinois. There is arguably no better place to fully appreciate and witness this metamorphosis than in Illinois' scenic state parks.

My Top 5 Inspiring Places in New York City

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts

Anne Pasternak is the president and artistic director of Creative Time and commissions innovative public artwork around the world. These are her fav...

This Is The Most Beautiful Place You've Never Heard Of

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel

Picture this: Twelve miles of forested park. A rocky, rugged coastline dotted by secret sandy beaches. Seaside prairies. Three-hundred-year-old Sitka ...

Cape Blanco Is THE Beach You Need To Visit This Summer

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel

It may not have white sand and palm trees, but Cape Blanco beach needs to be on your summer destination bucket list. The beach is located in Cape ...

The Best National Parks In America: Ranked!

The Active Times | Posted 08.06.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Which government system protects some of our most prized land, offers affordable recreation and is great for the economy? You guessed it -- it's the National Park System.

Visit These 21 Amazing Places Without Leaving North America

minube | Posted 07.08.2014 | Travel

As far as amazing places go, there's truly no place like home. After all, why fret about exorbitant airfare to far-flung locales when you can experience some of the world's most stunning sights right here in North America?

Finders Keeper's: This State Park Is Filled with Diamonds

Roadtrippers | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel

And just two weeks ago, David Anderson, an intrepid diamond hunter, discovered a 6.19-carat white diamond after searching for four hours. It's t...

Stunning U.S. State Parks

The Active Times | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

There are more than 7,500 state parks plotted across the U.S., all of which feature attractions that reach beyond your typical interpretation of a picturesque park.

Men Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time

AP | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah men removed from their Boy Scout leadership positions after a viral video showed them toppling an ancient rock format...

Spring Break Adventures in the Grand Canyon of Swamps

Kari Haugeto | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Last time we checked, blackwater swamps weren't high on anyone's lists of spring break destinations. Maybe they should be.

Great Getaways: Savannah

Budget Travel | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

If you're looking for a fun, affordable Southern getaway, visit Savannah, where you'll find the perfect mix of Southern hospitality, nightlife, and enough action to satisfy every food lover and history buff.

Running or Exploring

Dylan Armajani | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dylan Armajani

The past two weekends I have had two experiences that have firmly cemented in me that the primary reason I run is to immerse myself in nature and explore the scenic beauty of the wild as fast as possible under my own manpower.

Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Custer State Park is located just an hour's drive south of Mount Rushmore and is one of those places where reaching it is half the fun. There very few places on earth where you can actually get stuck in traffic because a herd of buffalo decided to cross the road.

Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Removed From Posts

AP | BRADY McCOMBS | Posted 10.21.2013 | Green

SALT LAKE CITY -- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Utah men already facing possible criminal charges for purposely toppling an ancient rock formation in a ...

WATCH: Scout Leaders Destroy Ancient Rock Formation

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green

The stone formation they destroyed was nearly 200 million years old, but the Boy Scout leaders who toppled it claim it posed an imminent threat. Th...

It's Fall And Michigan's Down To Party

AP | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel

LANSING, Mich. -- LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's state parks are offering a variety of fall festivals this month with activities such as hayrides,...

National Parks Closed? Try These State Parks and Local Attractions Instead

Budget Travel | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

In these bizarre times, it's best to keep an open mind, especially when the government suddenly throws a wrench in your national park vacation plans. For those seeking take a trip anytime in the foreseeable future, all is not lost.

Government Shutdown Ruin Your Vacation? Try These Parks Instead!

Roadtrippers | Posted 12.03.2013 | Travel

Don't let the government shutdown get you down. Just do what a real adventurer would do: adapt! There's countless waterfalls, beaches, forests and more just waiting to be discovered in the country's state and county parks.

State Parks Open During The Shutdown That Swoop In And Save Your Vacation

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel

This pesky government shutdown means all national parks are currently closed, and those who planned early-autumn explorations are desperate for altern...

13 Stunning National Parks You Won't Be Able To See During The Shutdown

Posted 10.04.2013 | Green

America is a beautiful place, and we're fortunate to have an expansive network of national parks that showcase the stunning country we live in. Wel...

Rediscovering Fun in the Park Can Help Improve America's Health

Joe Elton | Posted 08.19.2013 | Green
Joe Elton

We have to start encouraging people to visit their favorite parks to find fun ways to get active. And it doesn't have to be complicated -- you can start planning a summer full of park visits now!

Create National Park Memories This Summer and Beyond

Theresa Pierno | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

National parks are the soul of America, telling our diverse stories and teaching valuable lessons about our shared heritage. As we look to the future, we must ask ourselves what is the legacy we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren?

Back on Track, or Off the Rails?

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 09.01.2012 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

The acknowledged duty of the present Congress is not to enact what's good for the country, but to derail the President so "they" can get "back on track." Or something like that.