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    Yellowstone, the First U.S. National Park, Celebrates 145 Years

    Yellowstone, located in the northwest corner of Wyoming and spilling into Idaho and Montana, stands out among the country’s national parks due to its high level of geothermal activity. Although many have heard only of the legendary “Old Faithful” geyser, there is much, much more within Yellowstone National Park’s boundaries. Some 500 smaller geysers and […]

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    Chile Will Get Five New National Parks Thanks to a Record-breaking Land Donation

    Chile will soon be seeing new and expanded national parks spreading out throughout the country. Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, former Patagonia CEO and leader of the Tompkins Conservation, and Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s president, came to a new agreement: Tompkins will donate one million acres of land towards Chile’s national park system, and the country’s government will […]

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    QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Our National Parks?

    From the Grand Canyon to the Great Smoky Mountains, from the redwoods of northern California to the swamps of the Florida Everglades, you’re well acquainted with the national parks—after all, you’ve seen them countless times in movies, books, TV documentaries, even on postage stamps. But how well do you really know the park system, which […]

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    Why Hiking Is the Perfect Mind-body Workout

    This story originally appeared on Time.com. At first, walking and hiking may sound like two words for the same form of exercise. The footwear and scenery may vary, but the lower-body mechanics seem the same. Surprisingly, though, they’re radically different. Research shows that your joints, heart and muscles perform in distinct ways during a hike […]

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    Watch Mesmerizing Blue Lava Erupt From This Hawaiian Volcano

    A video captured the phenomenon of blue lava tumbling out of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii on Wednesday. The effect, sometimes referred to as the “blue hour,” occurs as the sun sets, causing light to refract off the glowing lava and creating this optical illusion of blue lava, the Telegraph reported. Kilauea is one of […]

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    A Guide to Vacationing on Assateague Island

    Smack in the middle of the East Coast, roughly three hours by car from Philadelphia, Assateague Island is an exhilarating, uniquely preserved stretch of coastal wilderness along the Atlantic. Spanning 48,000 acres, it not only remains one of the largest mid-Atlantic barrier islands to have a continuum of intact coastal habitats — it does so […]

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    Yosemite’s Waterfalls Are Roaring Back to Life After Years of Drought

    Thanks to a large winter snowfall, this year will bring spectacular viewing opportunities of Yosemite National Parks’ magnificent waterfalls. “Due to all of the rain and snow we’ve had this winter, Yosemite park’s waterfalls are flowing at an incredible rate,” Jamie Richards, a park ranger and spokesperson told Travel + Leisure. CALIFORNIA #yosemitenationalpark A post shared […]