Viewing: National Parks

Lessons Learned at Mesa Verde National Park

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 with two tweens–barely 13-year-old Kayla and 9-year-old Alex–on a journey […] Read more

Finding Fun Among the Ruins: Fort Crown Point, NY

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 strategic point ever since the British and French first started […] Read more

Cruising Boston Harbor with Boston’s Best Cruises

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, and a Civil War-era fort. A few islands are reachable […] Read more

National Park: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California

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 Isla de los Alcatraces,” which translates as “The Island of […] Read more

National Park: African Burial Ground, NYC

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 built over, historians estimate a total of 15,000-20,000. The discovery has […] Read more

National Park: Dry Tortugas, Key West, Florida

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 as legends of sunken ships and buried treasure. Only go […] Read more

Explore America Through Its National Parks

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 National Parks Promotion Council to inspire interest in visiting America’s […] Read more

Top 5 Best Parks in Maine

Known as Vacationland, Maine is one of the top destinations in the United States. I’ve lived in a lot of places in my life, and every time I come back home, the stark contrast between where I had been and Maine is quite apparent. The first thing I notice is the air. There is a […] Read more

National Parks In New York: Free Days and Junior Rangers

When many students are on Spring Break, more than 100 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees in celebration of National Park Week on April 20-28, 2013. With free admission and special events, it’s a great time to introduce kids to New York’s historical, cultural, and natural wealth through the National Park’s Junior Ranger […] Read more