NPCA's Park Advocate » tourism http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Slideshow: 9 Civil War Battlefields You Helped Save http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/ http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:07:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8031 150 years ago this month, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, leading to the end of the Civil War. The conflict cost more than 600,000 American lives and nearly split our nation in two. Today, Civil War battlefields offer visitors the opportunity not only to […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/9-civil-war-battlefields-you-helped-save/feed/ 1 The 10 Least-Visited Places in the Park System http://parkadvocate.org/the-10-least-visited-places-in-the-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/the-10-least-visited-places-in-the-park-system/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:16:05 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7926 The Park Service recently released its visitation statistics for 2014. Some of the most popular parks, such as Great Smoky Mountains and Golden Gate, drew record numbers of visitors. But what about the underappreciated places where only a handful of adventurers go each year? Take a peek at these 10 under-the-radar national gems. Parks are […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/the-10-least-visited-places-in-the-park-system/feed/ 8 Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Sites of 2014 http://parkadvocate.org/park-service-releases-most-visited-national-park-sites-in-2014/ http://parkadvocate.org/park-service-releases-most-visited-national-park-sites-in-2014/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:03:24 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7822 Yesterday, the National Park Service released data on the number of people who visited sites throughout the park system in 2014. The whopping 292.8 million total visits broke the previous record of 287.2 million visits set in 1987 and was 7 percent higher than the 273.6 million visits throughout the park system in 2013. (You can find last year’s […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/park-service-releases-most-visited-national-park-sites-in-2014/feed/ 1 Destination Darkness http://parkadvocate.org/destination-darkness-the-increasingly-rare-starscapes-of-the-colorado-plateau-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/destination-darkness-the-increasingly-rare-starscapes-of-the-colorado-plateau-national-parks/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:39:02 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5257 The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to 27 national park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/destination-darkness-the-increasingly-rare-starscapes-of-the-colorado-plateau-national-parks/feed/ 0 Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River http://parkadvocate.org/reconnecting-a-desert-town-with-its-river-improved-tourist-attractions-at-arizonas-yuma-crossing/ http://parkadvocate.org/reconnecting-a-desert-town-with-its-river-improved-tourist-attractions-at-arizonas-yuma-crossing/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:55:42 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5105 Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) has literally been shaped by the Colorado River. Two granite outcroppings narrowed the river at Yuma, allowing safe passage on what was once a wild and uncontrollable waterway. Some 60,000 people passed through Yuma during […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/reconnecting-a-desert-town-with-its-river-improved-tourist-attractions-at-arizonas-yuma-crossing/feed/ 0 “See America” Campaign Is About Connecting and Reconnecting Americans to Our National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/see-america-campaign-is-about-connecting-and-reconnecting-americans-to-our-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/see-america-campaign-is-about-connecting-and-reconnecting-americans-to-our-national-parks/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:01:42 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4656 More than 75 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a New Deal program called the Federal Art Project to help put the nation’s artists to work. The program created thousands of poster designs, many of which showcased our great national parks, from Petrified Forest to Yellowstone, along with other treasured landscapes. The effort was […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/see-america-campaign-is-about-connecting-and-reconnecting-americans-to-our-national-parks/feed/ 1 Making Connections in Utah: Supporting Gateway Communities and National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/making-connections-in-utah-supporting-gateway-communities-and-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/making-connections-in-utah-supporting-gateway-communities-and-national-parks/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:32:07 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4620 Does Mother Nature play favorites? Because I think she has a sweet spot for Utah. Its towering red cliffs, ornate stone formations, and harrowing canyons, all meticulously fashioned by the forces of nature, leave an impression on visitors that can last a lifetime. Deep mysterious caves, expansive landscapes, and even ancient cultural artifacts can all […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/making-connections-in-utah-supporting-gateway-communities-and-national-parks/feed/ 0 World-Class Music and History at Muscle Shoals http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-world-class-music-and-history-at-muscle-shoals/ http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-world-class-music-and-history-at-muscle-shoals/#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:16:01 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4598 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. Nestled in the northwest corner of Alabama, the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area (MNSHA)  consists of the six northwest Alabama counties—Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-world-class-music-and-history-at-muscle-shoals/feed/ 1 Ticket to Ride: Free Trolley Service Expands Access to Everglades and Biscayne This Winter http://parkadvocate.org/ticket-to-ride-free-trolley-service-expands-access-to-everglades-and-biscayne-this-winter/ http://parkadvocate.org/ticket-to-ride-free-trolley-service-expands-access-to-everglades-and-biscayne-this-winter/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:31 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4541 Thirty miles south of Miami, the community of Homestead, Florida, sits in a lucky spot. Equidistant from two major national parks, with Everglades National Park about ten miles to the west and Biscayne National Park about ten miles to the east, residents and visitors are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful lands, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/ticket-to-ride-free-trolley-service-expands-access-to-everglades-and-biscayne-this-winter/feed/ 0 Saturday on the Green http://parkadvocate.org/saturday-on-the-green-exploring-the-first-states-first-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/saturday-on-the-green-exploring-the-first-states-first-national-park/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:13:40 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4518 4 Ideas for First-Time Visitors to First State National Monument Take a hike at Woodlawn, 2,000 acres of park land in the Brandywine Valley and some of the best scenery in the area. Trails and parking are open from 8 am to dusk. Tour the New Castle Court House Museum, Delaware’s original capital building, chock full […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saturday-on-the-green-exploring-the-first-states-first-national-park/feed/ 0