Essential Friends + Gateways 2013

Essential Friends + Gateways: Best Kept Secrets In The National Parks

It's summertime. The crowds are out at the parks. Can you escape them and find a bit of solitude? Well, not entirely, but with the following suggestions from Traveler's Essential Friends, you can break from the crowd.

Essential Friends + Gateways: High Tech Means High Touch With National Parks

As people become more and more wedded to mobile devices, the National Park System is trying to keep up—and so are its friends. To engage visitors and potential supporters, national park friends groups and foundations are enticing the public with high technology. Here are some savvy ways that’s happening.

Essential Friends + Gateways: West Yellowstone, A Gateway Town Worth Hanging Around

For more than a century, West Yellowstone, Montana, has been a key jumping off point for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the world’s first national park.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Preserving Wonderland, The Yellowstone Park Foundation

Preserving ‘Wonderland’ is an on-the-ground, daily mission of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, A Great Gateway To The Smokies

What could be better than combining the Great Smokies, America’s most-visited national park, with an iconic gateway to summer fun in the South?

Where Will You Retire? Imagine How Ideal That Destination Would Be If It Had A National Park In The Backyard

If you’re enticed by retirement near a national park, your options swell to 401. But how do you decide which park is perfect for you?

Essential Friends + Gateways: Let The Grand Canyon Association Introduce You To Grand Canyon National Park

First-timers to the Grand Canyon can quickly be overwhelmed, and not just by the depth and breadth of this world famous canyon. Where do you begin to explore this wondrous landscape? While the National Park Service provides a good foundation of interpretive materials, it lacks the staff and resources to develop the robust array of materials that the Grand Canyon Association does.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Merging Two Great Groups To Benefit Glacier National Park

This year’s merger of the Glacier National Park Fund and the Glacier Association produced a stronger organization working on behalf of Glacier National Park.

Essential Friends + Gateways: The Boone Area High Country, An NC Parkway Gateway

The scenery and attractions of the lofty Blue Ridge Mountain bastion called the High Country are a pinnacle of the Blue Ridge Parkway experience.

Essential Friends + Gateways: The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Long On Road, Innovation, And Impact

Innovations the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is introducing on America’s most scenic road are finding their way all over the nation.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Friends Of Acadia, Working On The Next 100 Years

Though the centennial for Acadia National Park, and the National Park Service, still is three years offer, Friends of Acadia already are working towards ensuring the park has a memorable second century.

Essential Friends + Gateways: Trust For the National Mall, New Efforts To Save Our Icons

National Mall at night, copyright Stephen R. Brown
The term “national park” has a kneejerk meaning to many—only the clued-in know how diverse “units” of the park system really are. Towering Half Dome in Yosemite National Park isn’t the only grand granite monument protected by the National Park Service—and you don’t even need to look beyond the borders of Washington, D.C., to prove it.
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