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A Birthday Wish for America’s National Parks

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Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, leading the British diplomat James Bryce to declare national parks “the best idea America ever had.” Indeed, it was, and is. But celebrations and plaudits aside, look at what we have done to our national treasures. As we prepare to celebrate the National Park Service centennial in 2016, here’s a birthday wish for the future.

Top Day Hikes in America’s National Parks

The best day hikes have an element of quest, or mission, which is why so many of them climb to the top of a mountain or a landmark. Such is the case with many of the hikes presented below. But there’s no serious mountain trekking here—the point of each hike is the experience of getting there—and the inspiring view gained at the quest’s end.

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.

Father-Son Bonding on Grand Teton

I’ve always wanted to give mountain climbing a try. But then I’d start thinking about how risky it was, and how much suffering seemed to go with the sport. There was always a reason to put it off. But when my eldest son became old enough to start looking at colleges, I realized that this was the perfect chance to try something new together. And what better place to give it a go than Grand Teton?

Grizzly 399, Where Are You?

“We saw her with her cubs last night,” Taylor explained as he drove us out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming and headed towards Grand Teton National Park. “Let’s find her then. Her and a moose!” I said, mustering all my energy, as this was the first time on my feet after a stomach bug had knocked me out for 24 hours.

Photos: Where You Went

We are always impressed by our community’s passion for travel and exploration. That’s why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where you went. And be inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption…

Obama Visits the National Parks

Lynda Bird Johnson packs her camp trailer prior to her western trip. From the December, 1965 issue of National Geographic Magazine, by David Boyer/NGS. This weekend President Obama and the First Family are heading to Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks, in part to promote this summer’s final fee-free weekend at over 100 parks that…

Photo Flashback: Yellowstone National Park

There is perhaps nothing I love more than poking through the National Geographic photo archives. Which is why I adore the two galleries we currently have on our website, featuring classic images from Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. The shot above, which has never before been published, depicts the snowmobile vehicle tours available in Yellowstone…

Tour Guide: Flip Out in Jackson Hole

Eco-boutique Hotel Terra is giving guests one more reason to stay in Yellowstone this summer. From May 1 September 30, the Jackson Hole hotel is offering the new “Eco Adventure” summer package, which includes a wildlife tour (hosted by wildlife biologist Taylor Phillips) and free Flip video camera to keep. The rates for the package…

Jenss Family Travels: Wyoming Winds

Rainer Jenss and his family are currently in their third week of their year-long around-the-world journey. They’re blogging about their trip for Traveler, and you can read about their stops so far here. It may sound strange, but when putting together an itinerary for a twelve-month trip around the world, you want to factor in…

Yellowstone and Montana MapGuides

We always try to keep tabs on what our neighbors here at National Geographic are doing, and so we’re excited to share what the folks at the Center for Sustainable Destinations are up to next. One of CSD’s many projects is to establish geotourism charters with local communities to help identify, develop, and promote the…