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I Heart My National Park: Glacier

Montana’s Glacier National Park is home to some 762 lakes, dozens of glaciers, and innumerable waterfalls that glisten in forested valleys. But perhaps best of all, a scenic highway and more than 700 miles of trails criss-cross the park, making much of its pristine beauty accessible to visitors. Geographer Richard Menicke arrived at Glacier in 1992, and quickly carved out a niche for himself as the park’s foremost GIS specialist. Here is his insider’s guide to this “Crown of the Continent” jewel.

Best National Parks: White-Water Edition

Rapids, whirlpools, and risky currents transform some of America’s national park rivers into raging infernos and white water. Rafts and kayaks are the best ways to experience the big thrills and spills. Here are six parks that double as white-water wonderlands.

The Best National Parks in the U.S. for Biking

America’s national parks are blessed with opportunities for unparalleled biking. Trips that can cross the Continental Divide, circle the rim of an ancient volcano, or follow the path of an historic canal. Here are seven national parks that offer world-class scenic cycling routes.

Reader Recs: Favorite National Parks in the U.S.

The beauty of America’s 59 national parks, from the crystal clear waters of Glacier to the sharp silhouette of the Grand Tetons, is something you should experience firsthand–and this is the perfect time to do it. Why? It’s National Park Week. To pay homage to the amazing natural splendor of America’s best idea, we asked our Facebook community to share their favorite national park with us–and what makes it so special. Here’s what they had to say.

Insider’s Guide to RV Road Tripping

Recreational vehicles sit somewhere between hotels and tents. The upside: RV life is autonomous—your quarters travel with you—and allows for spontaneous stops. But then again, RVs need loads of gas and can be tricky to park. In any case, they represent a truly unique mode of transport that’s tailor-made for road tripping. Here’s your guide to getting started.

Parks + Rec: RV-ing the American West

Over the years I’ve done most everything 
with my sons—jumped in puddles, ridden roller coasters, skied black-diamond slopes. I’ve always thought of myself as a “fun” mom. However, they’re becoming young men, and it’s harder for me to do what they do. As they continue to grow, my husband, Robb, and I know we don’t have much time left to travel with our boys before they head out into the world. Time for a classic American road trip, RV style.

The Radar: Pacific Parks, Berlin Street Art, Put Travel on Your Resume

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Michael Sass, My Shot.

Photos: Where You Went

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Our Facebook friends are always on the go. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow travelers have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

Today’s Pic: Glacier Turns 100

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Glacier National Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary today, and hosted a rededication ceremony this morning. A century ago, it was the tenth park added to the burgeoning National Park System, and today it’s one of the most visited parks in the country. Can’t get there yourself? Pick up a copy of the new book…

Happy Birthday, Glacier!

Alison Brick gets the scoop on Glacier National Park’s centennial celebration. One hundred years isn’t long in the life of a mountain range, but it’s something to recognize in the life of a national park. Glacier National Park will be celebrating its centennial throughout 2010 with a series of special events that are just getting…

Going-to-the-Pie Road

For me, the famed Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park leads to so much more than breathtaking vistas and exhilarating hikes–it leads to pie. More specifically, it leads to strawberry-rhubarb pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream at the Park Café in St. Mary, Montana. I have been visiting Glacier with my family for…