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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.

Did Rick Scott Just Ruin Florida Trailways?

Posted 05.09.2012 | Miami

In the midst of old-growth live oak hammocks, wild orchids, and vistas of Lakes Wales Ridge in Lake Kissimmee State Park, Florida hikers may soon see ...

My Gray Whale

John Bourne | Posted 12.27.2011 | San Francisco
John Bourne

Only 15 miles from downtown SF, Gray Whale Cove is a fiercely wild place devoid of cars, crowds and development. Next year it will be one of 70 California State Parks slated to close its doors due to budgetary shortfalls.

Closed for "Business" -- Can We Reverse the Fate for Our Parks?

Joe Elton | Posted 10.31.2011 | Green
Joe Elton

It's no secret that the economic downturn has touched every single area of our lives. From nationwide cuts in public services to budget shortfalls in...

National Parks Should Open Their Trails to Corporate Funders

Joe Waters | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

These popular places are a national treasure, but government funding is bottoming out. They need to diversify to raise more money.

70 State Parks Closing Due To Budget Cuts

AOL Travel News | Posted 10.02.2011 | Travel

Several states struggling to fight budget shortfalls are announcing plans to shutter parks, recreation areas and reserves in an effort to save a littl...

State Parks Face Closure -- Is Yours On The List?

TreeHugger | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green

The United States is home to 6,624 state parks and has an annual attendance of over 700 million. Yet state parks are being threatened by budget cuts a...

Ramirez Canyon Blues: Yet Another Fight to Preserve Public Access in Malibu

John Mirisch | Posted 08.02.2011 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

While Gov. Brown rightly recognized the long-term negative impacts of Schwarzenegger's proposed selling off of state assets, his most recent budget proposal proposes to sell off state-owned parkland.

PHOTOS: 9 Places To Spot California Sea Lions And Seals

2010-12-10-overhead_Trazzler.jpg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

By Megan Cytron With a population of 238,000, there are enough California sea lions to populate a slippery city the size of Scottsdale, Arizona. Cali...

169 Ways To Tackle California's State Parks

Trazzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

While America's national parks get the full Ken-Burns treatment, state parks protect vast swaths of the country's natural and historic treasures witho...

PHOTOS: California Filming Locations: 10 Cinematic Getaways

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Text courtesy of By Megan Cytron All well-orchestrated weekend getaways deliver a therapeutic dose of fantasy. In California, a qui...

Colorado State Parks Board Creates Ranking System Of Parks For Potential Closures

The Denver Post | Bruce Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Overseers of Colorado's 42-park system on Thursday unveiled park rankings, as a possible basis for closures if budget cuts force drastic measures. ...

Arizona, California, Missouri and North Dakota Voters: Animals Need You

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

The next few hours are critical for the future welfare of countless hundreds of thousands of animals -- from dogs to wildlife. Please join me in the w...

Four Votes for Animals, Four Final Days to Spread the Word

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

With just four days until the election, we're in a last push with coalition partners to spread our critical message to voters in Arizona, California, ...

Please Vote for Clean Air and State Parks

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Terry Gardner

Prop 21 creates a stable source of funding to maintain California's state parks by adding a new $18 fee to California vehicle registrations.

Developer Thomas Chapman Profits By Threatening Prime Park Land, Now Challenges Obama

Wall Street Journal | STEPHANIE SIMON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

On behalf of his clients or his business partners, [Thomas Chapman] talks up plans to develop the parcels: a subdivision at a scenic overlook, an RV p...

America's Parks: The Original Social Network

Joe Elton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joe Elton

The tragic truth is that within the past year, shrinking state budgets have put our parks on the defensive nationwide, requiring them to face painful budget cuts and closure.

Closed for Business: What Park Closures Mean for our Cities, Neighborhoods, and Children

Darell Hammond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darell Hammond

A single park closure can launch a vicious cycle that changes the entire character of a neighborhood. It can also lower property values and deter tourists.

Smoking Ban In California State Parks Under Consideration

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An attempt by the California Legislature to impose what is believed to be the nation's most far-reaching smoking ban in sta...