National Parks

Lessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park

by Sandra Foyt

A glass of wine, dusk on a serpentine road, and no barrier between said road and annihilation don’t mix. That’s one of those lessons learned when exploring America’s grand national park system. The year was 2009, and I was a mom on a mission, traveling […]

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Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Hills of grass rippling with the breeze surrounding a centuries old stone stronghold guarding an international waterway. England? Scotland? Wales? No. Not Ireland, not France, not Spain. Fort Crown Point in New York. Fort Crown Point, 14 miles north of Ticonderoga, has been a militarily […]

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Cruising Boston Harbor with Boston’s Best Cruises

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Out in Boston Harbor, overlooked by most visitors in favor of the history and sports teams the great city has to offer, lie a group of 34 islands, all part of the National Park System. The Boston Harbor Islands have beaches, hiking trails, lighthouses, camping, […]

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National Park: Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Wild horses and historic houses on the largest of Georgia’s barrier islands, Cumberland. Humans have lived on and used Cumberland Island for nearly 4000 years, starting with the Timucua Indians. It has held cotton plantations owned by the likes of Eli Whitney and American Revolutionary […]

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National Park: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Before Alcatraz Island was a Federal prison, it was a military fortification and jail. But before it was a fort, it was a fishing spot of the local Native American tribes. In 1775 Juan Manuel de Ayala charted San Francisco Bay and named the island “La […]

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National Park: Paterson Great Falls, New Jersey

by Cie McCullough Buschle

The nation’s newest park doesn’t have a mountain range or sweeping vistas, but it is conveniently located just off the Garden State Parkway exit 159. As of November 7, 2011, the Great Falls on the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey, is a National Historic […]

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National Park: African Burial Ground, NYC

by Cie McCullough Buschle

In 1991 during construction renovations in Lower Manhattan, workers uncovered a site containing the remains of more than 400 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries. These men, women and children are now immortalized by the African Burial Ground National Monument. Forgotten and […]

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National Park: Isle Royale, Michigan

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Why go to a park that’s overcrowded when you can go to one that claims only 14,000 visitors yearly? That’s half as many people as visit Yellowstone in a single day. Isle Royale, in Lake Superior, is rugged, isolated, and also boasts the largest return […]

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National Park: Dry Tortugas, Key West, Florida

by Cie McCullough Buschle

What’s west of Key West? Go about 70 miles west and you’ll find the remote Dry Tortugas National Park, seven islands and the surrounding coral reefs, including historic Fort Jefferson. The Tortugas contain myriad and copious amounts of sea life swimming among beautiful coral reefs, as well […]

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Explore America Through Its National Parks

by Sandra Foyt

When Earth Day returns on April 22, 2012, it will herald the beginning of National Park Week when visitors are invited to enjoy free admission and special events at parks across America from April 21-29, 2012. Explore America Video Explore America was produced by the […]

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