NPCA's Park Advocate » tourism News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:37:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Destination Darkness Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:39:02 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:55:42 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 “See America” Campaign Is About Connecting and Reconnecting Americans to Our National Parks Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:01:42 +0000 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 […]]]> 1 Making Connections in Utah: Supporting Gateway Communities and National Parks Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:32:07 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 World-Class Music and History at Muscle Shoals Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:16:01 +0000 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 […]]]> 1 Ticket to Ride: Free Trolley Service Expands Access to Everglades and Biscayne This Winter Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:20:31 +0000 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, […]]]> 0 Saturday on the Green Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:13:40 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Yosemite in Autumn: An Insider’s View Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:13:56 +0000 Millions of people visit Yosemite each year to explore its dramatic landscapes. But with so many popular tourist spots, what makes a trip to this internationally renowned park a truly extraordinary journey? Last month, I was in a unique position to find out, serving as a staff representative on NPCA’s ParkScapes autumn expedition to Yosemite […]]]> 0 Why Don’t States Run National Parks? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:04:48 +0000 Earlier this month, several states helped lessen the economic hardship from the federal government shutdown by opening a handful of national parks on a case-by-case basis while the rest of the National Park System was closed. It is a testament to the importance of these places that governors were willing to contribute from their own […]]]> 3 If Americans Overwhelmingly Love Our National Parks, Why Isn’t Congress Fully Funding Them? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:02:55 +0000 It’s not difficult to understand why Americans show such strong bipartisan support and genuine love for our national parks—one visit is all it takes. I had one of those special visits ten years ago when I traveled to Alaska with my husband, son, and parents to experience Denali National Park for the first time. It […]]]> 0