There is no question the National Park System truly is one of America’s greatest gems. And, with 2016 being the 100th birthday of the system, the parks were able to see increased growth.
While most people know the big parks like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains, there are dozens of incredible parks that most people don’t visit because they don’t know about them or they are very remote.
Beartooth Highway is designated a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It comprises sixty-eight miles of US 212 through some amazing countryside in southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming. It is considered to be the gateway road to Yellowstone National Park’s Northeast Entrance. The highway was dedicated on June 14, 1936. “Beartooth” comes from the Crow name, “Na Piet Say” for the sharp bear tooth shaped spire at Beartooth plateau, which can be seen at the West Summit pull-out. Beartooth Highway is closed between October and Memorial Day.
National Wild and Scenic Rivers of the Unites States have been protected by law since the program’s inception in 1968. There are about 250 designated National Wild and Scenic Rivers, to date. We’ve selected three of these interesting and diverse ecosystems to explore.
Virginia Beach’s Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge was originally established in 1938, as a haven for migratory birds. It now spans more than 9,000 acres, expanding nearly 5,000 acres since 1988, and continues to be a primary stopping point for both feeding and rest during the journey south. It draws more birds now than ever, thanks to a buffer zone that reduces pollution from chemicals and fertilizers.
Many trips often ask you to make a choice: explore the great outdoors, or spend time touring the city. Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park says why not both? This historic park combines the historic reenactment town charm with beautiful park views. Whether you want to spend a day in a museum setting, hiking, or learning about the colonial era of our nation, Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park has a little something for everyone.
For many, Nevada is all about the bright lights and casinos of cities like Las Vegas and Reno. However, there is another part of Nevada that most people don’t often take the time to experience; the natural side of the state.
There are a number of parks and reserves both completely within the state and touching its borders, but one beautiful (and recently added) gem is the Pine Forest Range Wilderness. Created only in 2014, and run by theBureau of Land Management (BLM), it covers just over 24,000 acres of varied terrain.
Maine might be best known for its beaches, but there is a lot of incredible nature to be found once you venture just a few miles inland from the ocean.
One such place is the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. It was named after Rachel Carson, a very popular and world-renowned marine biologist, who was also a very outspoken environmental activist during her lifetime. She was also editor in chief of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
When it comes to our national parks, it’s not all about trees and plants — there are lots of spots where you can catch a glimpse of all sorts of animals at any time of the year. Here are our top picks for places to see fauna along with the flora.
When beauty is portrayed in its most natural form, it’s usually an untouched destination. America is home to some of the most unbelievable places in the world that are almost too perfect to be real. For this feature, we have to shine the spotlight on the picturesque Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.