NPCA's Park Advocate » travel http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:17:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 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. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/ http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:19:51 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5827 Traveling with kids to the Grand Canyon and other classic stops in the American West can be an exercise in expensive hotels, bus shuttles, huge crowds, and less-than-child-friendly trails. Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona offers a surprising alternative. The trees that have turned to rainbow colors set in stone offer just one of the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/feed/ 2 Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/ http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 18:08:18 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5674 One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of legislation that provided the first-ever wild land protections in our country. The law protected two exquisite gems, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, which both eventually became part of Yosemite National Park. Initially, the state of […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/feed/ 0 5 Lessons, Countless Memories http://parkadvocate.org/5-lessons-countless-memories-my-familys-6-week-national-park-adventure/ http://parkadvocate.org/5-lessons-countless-memories-my-familys-6-week-national-park-adventure/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 12:31:11 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5535 Two years ago, my family embarked on a marvelous six-week national park adventure to discover activities and locations that were particularly engaging for families. What began as an exploratory exercise produced memorable, inspirational experiences that bonded us as a family, and the adventures we shared have continued spark strong new interests for our kids. The […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/5-lessons-countless-memories-my-familys-6-week-national-park-adventure/feed/ 0 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 5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week http://parkadvocate.org/5-ways-to-celebrate-national-park-week/ http://parkadvocate.org/5-ways-to-celebrate-national-park-week/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:37:30 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5208 Have you marked your calendar yet? National Park Week begins this weekend! What’s National Park Week? It’s a celebration of all 401 national park sites around the country. Many parks host special events, including junior ranger programs and Earth Day activities, and all national park sites will waive their entrance fees Saturday, April 19, and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/5-ways-to-celebrate-national-park-week/feed/ 0 Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing 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 This Month’s Featured National Heritage Area: Lunar-Like Landscapes and Inspiring History Await at Arabia Mountain http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-lunar-like-landscapes-and-inspiring-history-await-at-arabia-mountain/ http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-lunar-like-landscapes-and-inspiring-history-await-at-arabia-mountain/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:54:57 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4948 Creating the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) took some time—about 400 million years, give or take. Nature, history, and culture converge in this remarkable part of Georgia to create a landscape found nowhere else. The AMNHA features geological oddities known as monadnocks, a small historic town built out of granite, an active Trappist monastery, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-lunar-like-landscapes-and-inspiring-history-await-at-arabia-mountain/feed/ 0 Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America’s First National River http://parkadvocate.org/essential-paddling-guide-paddling-the-buffalo-americas-first-national-river/ http://parkadvocate.org/essential-paddling-guide-paddling-the-buffalo-americas-first-national-river/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:07:09 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4912 The following post is reprinted from National Parks Traveler. These stories are part of the new Essential Guide for Paddling the Parks, the first paddling guide to the National Park System that helps you decide which river, lake, or ocean to paddle, how to select an outfitter if necessary, and where to find epic paddling adventures […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/essential-paddling-guide-paddling-the-buffalo-americas-first-national-river/feed/ 0 9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine http://parkadvocate.org/9-romantic-park-trips-for-you-and-your-valentine/ http://parkadvocate.org/9-romantic-park-trips-for-you-and-your-valentine/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:45:15 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4852 Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, national parks provide a wealth of amorous adventures for you and your Valentine. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring the amazing sites in our National Park System. To get the featured parks delivered […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/9-romantic-park-trips-for-you-and-your-valentine/feed/ 1