Thursday, August 25, 2016

Free National Park Admission through the Weekend

I thought it would be appropriate to wrap up my mini-tribute to our national parks on this day, the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, with a salute to Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.  Located in South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills, this American icon should be on everyone’s list of must-see sites. Learn more about Mt. Rushmore at https://www.nps.gov/moru.

Be sure to take advantage of the fee-free weekend from August 25 through 28, 2016 all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. For information on other dates where fees are waived visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

National Parks Close to my Heart

Today’s National Parks are near and dear to my heart. I grew up just 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park and worked for many years in Grand Teton National Park. These two northwest Wyoming parks feature breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, interesting history, and plenty of recreational opportunities.  Yellowstone is probably most famous, though, for its unique and spectacular geo-thermal features, and for being the first national park. Park specific information can be found at https://nps.gov/yell and https://nps.gov/grte.



From August 25 through 28, 2016 all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Celebrate 100th Birthday with Florida’s National Parks

If you find yourself in southern Florida there are two must see National Park Service units. Located west of Homestead, Florida is Everglades National Park. This park provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species including many species of birds, the American crocodile, manatee, and the Florida panther. Everglades has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty. For more information visit https://nps.gov/ever.



Even further south and almost 70 miles west of Key West you’ll find Dry Tortugas National Park. This unique park is only 100-square miles in size and is mostly open water with seven small islands. The park is home to Fort Jefferson which is almost the size of the island it was built on, amazing coral reefs and marine life, sparkling blue waters, and a diverse assortment of bird life. Dry Tortugas is accessible only by boat or seaplane, making it a challenging and remote site to visit, but well worth the effort.  For more information visit https://nps.gov/drto.



Remember, from August 25 through 28, 2016 all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

This Thursday, August 25th is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. In honor of this auspicious occasion I’ll be featuring a different National Park or two every day through Thursday, so check back each day for a new park.

What better place to kick off the tribute than at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty is visible from about anywhere in New York City, but you have to get up close and personal to really appreciate the magnitude of this amazing American icon. Find out more at https://nps.gov/elis.


From August 25 through 28, 2016 all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission.  Visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm for more information.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The 50th State

On August 12, 1898, the U.S. annexed Hawaii and on August 21, 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state. Though statehood was not necessarily welcomed by most of the local population, I can’t imagine a United States without this magnificent place.