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National Parks

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  • Family-friendly Glacier Basin Trail is on Mount Rainier's sunny side

    Family-friendly Glacier Basin Trail is on Mount Rainier's sunny side
    MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. - It was cloudy and drizzling on other parts of Mount Rainier, but the world was all sunscreen and sunglasses from where I stood, on the east face of the mountain. Hikers were smearing sunscreen, some sporting shorts. I was squinting....
  • Wisconsin's under-construction Ice Age trail focuses on geology

    Wisconsin's under-construction Ice Age trail focuses on geology
    VERONA, Wis. - Badger Prairie County Park is a good place to hop aboard the still-developing Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The 339-acre ridge-top park lies east of Verona and southwest of Madison in southern Dane County. The federally designated...
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah overshadowed by famous neighbors

    Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah overshadowed by famous neighbors
    CANNONVILLE, Utah - There's a very colorful state park in southern Utah that gets overlooked, despite its distinctive rock chimneys from long-dead petrified geysers. Kodachrome Basin State Park gets little respect, lost amidst the glitter of its more...
  • The quieter side of Provincetown

    The quieter side of Provincetown
    PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - "Provincetown?" a Boston friend, who only summers on tony Nantucket, sniffed when I mentioned my plan to visit the artist colony and fishing port at the tip of Cape Cod. "You're not going to Provincetown. It's so tacky, so hectic....
  • Experience grand vistas as Amtrak's Empire Builder travels through Montana and the Rockies

    Experience grand vistas as Amtrak's Empire Builder travels through Montana and the Rockies
    NEAR WAGNER, Montana - The train rolls past distant hills - mountains, an easterner would call them. But it's just a tease. Out here is mostly prairie and thin wire fences and undulating gray moguls of land, mysterious for what lies beneath, all...
  • Even with its namesake glaciers receding, national park is magnificent

    Even with its namesake glaciers receding, national park is magnificent
    "Climate Change Could Destroy Glacier National Park" - recent headline --- GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Lest you panic and picture Glacier National Park sprouting palm trees and reinventing itself as the Florida of northwest Montana, here's a big secret....
  • California's Palm Springs is just right for sun-starved families

    California's Palm Springs is just right for sun-starved families
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Like most of the people soaking up Sunday brunch at the Parker Palm Springs hotel, the hungover-looking dude in slacker attire with the fashionista girlfriend looked as if he had just rolled out of bed at 10:30 a.m. He also...
  • San Juan's walls are full of history

    San Juan's walls are full of history
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The walls around Old San Juan are tall and very imposing. They are as tall as 42 feet and as thick as 45 feet at the base, 2 feet at the top. The muralla or city wall features two walls of sandstone blocks, filled with sand,...
  • The Frugal Traveler: Wales offers visually striking, affordable European vacation

    The Frugal Traveler: Wales offers visually striking, affordable European vacation
    Searching for a scenic and unusual vacation? Wales is a winner. Accessible countryside, commanding castles and numerous archaeological attractions make this European destination worthy of your tourist time. It's also the birthplace of poet Dylan Thomas,...
  • Wildflowers have become a travel destination

    Wildflowers have become a travel destination
    Nowhere is nature's "Yay!" more apparent than a good display of wildflowers. Seeds are splitting, shoots are shooting, buds are unfolding to show the colorful petals they've concealed. It's happening everywhere from your back yard and your neighborhood to...
  • Travel to places where you can go behind bars

    Doing time on the prison tour circuit? Here are some other tours you won't want to miss. —Alcatraz, Calif.: The legendary island in San Francisco Bay was a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963; daily tours are run by the National Park Service....
  • Ecuador's remote ecolodges put the lush, tropical woodland right outside

    Ecuador's remote ecolodges put the lush, tropical woodland right outside
    EL ORIENTE, Ecuador — This is one rain forest the world has saved. After donors around the globe pledged $116 million by the December 2011 deadline to prevent oil drilling in the biologically fragile Yasuni National Park, the Ecuadorian...