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Friday, October 21st, 2011

  • True, the entrance fees at national parks are a tiny part of the overall cost of visiting a park. But if you can schedule your 2012 trip to get in free during one of National Park Service's fee-free days, why not?

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar the other day announced that there will be 17 entrance-fee-free days next year in the National Park System.

  • If you've got a penchant for horse-drawn buggies, you might want to figure in a trip to Homestead National Monument of America in the coming months, as there's a collection of horse-drawn buggies on display there.

    The monument, located near Beatrice, Nebraska, has the collection on loan from Dean Thornburg.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

  • A substantial, three-year renovation project will involve much of Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt's home on Long Island, New York, beginning next spring.

  • Exploring the backgrounds of the settlers who lived in the hills and hollows that today fall within the boundaries of Mammoth Cave National Park will be the focus of workshops scheduled for October 22 and October 29.

    On those days the park will sponsor a genealogy day and a cemetery workshop.

  • On December 1 at 5 p.m. the National Christmas Tree will be lighted for the holiday season, an event that draws thousands to Washington, D.C., one that requires a lottery system to dole out 17,000 free tickets.

    The online lottery goes live at 10 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 3rd, and will remain open through 9:59 a.m.