Tag archives for Yosemite

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.

“When I first met Andrew McCarthy, he had never been published,” recounts National Geographic Traveler Editor-in-Chief Keith Bellows. “He convinced me to take a chance on him.” The wager paid off. For the past several years, McCarthy has been raking in accolades and awards for his distinctive storytelling and delivering brilliant prose again and again for Traveler, where the actor-director is now an editor at large. Here’s a brief peek at the life and times of Andrew McCarthy.

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Yosemite National Park — a 1,200-square-mile swath of soaring granite cliffs, towering waterfalls, and ancient sequoia groves — has awed millions of visitors for over a century. “I can’t think of a better classroom,” says Beth Pratt, director of California programs for the National Wildlife Federation. “It’s my favorite place on Earth.”

#FriFotos: As Time Goes By

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This week’s #FriFotos theme is TIME. And what an elusive thing it is. We chose this image of a felled giant sequoia’s life rings in Yosemite National Park to remind everyone to make every day count. Some of these ancient trees have been around for close to three millenia. Puts everything in perspective, doesn’t it? Thanks to Chris…

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Photos: Where You Went

Our readers boast impressive travel résumés, which is why every Friday we ask you the same question on Facebook: Where are you traveling this weekend? See photos of where YOU went, and get inspired to plan your next trip. Photos by readers like you. Upload your favorite travel photos with a caption to Your Shot/Travel at ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all…

To Yosemite…And Beyond!

Today National Geographic and local partners reveal a unique and interactive way to explore Yosemite National Park: The Yosemite Gateway MapGuide. NG worked with the Sierra Business Council and Sierra Nevada Conservancy to gather area residents’ secrets–more than 800 of the best places to visit off-the-beaten tourist path. The MapGuide points out “one-of-a-kind coffeehouses” and…

This year, inspired by our “I Heart My City” series on Intelligent Travel, we’re reveling in the holiday season by asking our readers to share their favorite ways to celebrate in their cities. But we have to admit that in our focus on cities, we overlooked some of the less-urban offerings. So today we look…

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…

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Rangers worry that the gym-to-outside transition for climbers is threatening the ecology of parks. Maybe the elevation is going to their heads, but the Associated Press reports that some rock climbers aren’t being so kind to the terrain they’re scaling, and are leaving litter scattered all over Yosemite National Park. The increasingly popular sport is…