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Friday, October 5th, 2012

  • The sesquicentennial of the American Civil War provides what may be the last great opportunity for our nation to save significant portions of battlefields from the war,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in late September.

    With that startling statement, he announced nearly $2.5 million in NPS grants to acquire lands at eight Civil War battlefields.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

  • Sadly, the best quizmeister the national parks have ever known has left the building.

    Perhaps he was done in by his Ringers, Mystery Photos, Jumbles, or perhaps those treacherous Mystery Spots.

    Or maybe he was simply stumped by perhaps his toughest quiz yet -- how to escape the ever-growing popularity of his quizzes and an

  • Most visitors to Yellowstone National Park are familiar with the Upper, Lower, and Midway geyser basins, but how many these days have made the trek to a basin that once, thanks to its oddly shaped spires and acidic hot springs, was another must-see attraction for park visitors?

    These days the Monument Geyser

  • These days the "got milk" expression has been far surpassed by, "is there an app for that?" And in the case of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the answer is "yes!"

    Just in time for fall leaf season, the Blue Ridge Parkway Association (with help from the National Park Service) has launched [i][b]Blue Rid

  • Have you ever seen this? If you can correctly identify where in the National Park System Mystery Photo 57 was taken, you'll be in the running for the Traveler's monthly prize.

    The answer and a list of Traveler readers who answered correctly will be posted in tomorrow’s Traveler.