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Why National Parks Matter

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National parks are like poems: arguably superfluous but in reality vital to humanity. Celebrate National Park Week (April 19 to 27) by visiting one near you.

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.

Hiking Zion National Park

I have a confession to make. The American Southwest wasn’t on my adventure radar until my friend, Reed, convinced me to join him on a road trip through Utah Canyon Country. Driving into Zion National Park at sunset was a shot in the arm for my wanderlust. I was ready to explore the big red playground.

The Pursuit of Happiness: Sequoia Style

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I had heard about a grove of trees within the Giant Forest that had been dedicated to National Geographic a long way back. So, to commemorate the Society’s 125th anniversary and to pay homage to an organization that has added so much to my life, I was on a mission to track it down.

The Radar: Travel Lately

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 with #NGTRadar. Check back on the blog each Wednesday for our Travel Lately roundup.

Joshua Tree, Retrofied

By Monica Corcoran, senior photo editor at NationalGeographic.com. It’s funny how your mind can change after you’ve tried something for the first time. I was convinced that Hipstamatic – an iPhone app that let’s you apply film, lens, and flash settings to your pics to achieve a retro look – was more gimmick than photography. So last month,…

#FriFotos: We Are the World…

This week’s #FriFotos theme is EARTH DAY, and appropriately so, as it’s being observed on Sunday. Wendell Berry said, “The earth is what we all have in common.” We couldn’t agree more. Earth Day isn’t a hollow, token day. It’s a time to reconnect with nature and recommit ourselves to better habits that will improve the world we share. So get outside this weekend (all parks are offering free admission during National Park Week). Breathe the air. And remember to take pictures and leave only footprints while you’re there.

Picture Yourself in a National Park!

National Park Week starts Saturday, April 21st — and we’ve just launched our newest mobile app, “National Parks by National Geographic,” to help kickstart the celebration. You’ll get instant — and FREE — access to Nat Geo guides to the 20 most visited parks. The park service is offering free admission to all 397 parks from April 21-29. Share your park photos with Traveler by using our #parkpic tag on Twitter and Instagram.

Inside Traveler: Now on Newsstands

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Nobody knows this world better than National Geographic Traveler, and this month’s issue proves it with 50 Tours of  Lifetime. Our expert editors will lead you all over the globe — from Botswana to Bulgaria to bicycling the “Blue and Gray.” There’s something for everyone, guaranteed. Also in this issue: Just in time for National Park Week,…

National Park Week Starts Tomorrow

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Explore one of America’s 394 National Parks during National Park Week, which begins tomorrow, April 16, and runs through Sunday, April 24. To celebrate, the National Park Service is offering free admission at parks that typically charge an entry fee. Headed to a National Park this week? We’ve highlighted a few of the special events taking place at parks across the country:

Celebrate National Park Week

National Park Week kicked off on Saturday, and all of the parks are celebrating by offering free admission through April 25. Traveler offers guides to ten of the most popular parks, from Big Bend, to Death Valley, to Shenandoah. Don’t miss our special Strategies guide for tips on how to navigate the (often crowded) popular…