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Happy 100th Birthday, National Parks
Written by Jennifer Schofield, Tours & Guest Services Manager for Bicycle AdventuresWe love running tours in our U.S. National Parks.This Thursday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100 and entry to all U.S. National Parks is Free.We are fortunate not only to have the parks themselves, but also to have access to the parks' features via thoughtfully paved roads.National Park and road engineers are instructed to both conserve a park's beauty and somehow also make the park accessible. As the National Parks Chief of Parkways Dudley C. Bayliss asked, "...how far can you go in opening up roads to enjoy the scenic and historic wonders of our country at the expense of destruction of some part of the very
"If I had one last day on Earth, I'd ride the rim at Crater Lake."
- guest Lynn P.The answer: roads that are made for the journey, not just getting from point A to point B.It's no accident that Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road or the rim ride in Crater Lake National Park are on many a cyclist's bucket list. These, and all national park roads are built with principles like these in mind:
They are planned to reach the principal features of the park rather than to serve as the most direct route from "point to point." Planned and located to present the story or picture of the park in the best chronological or interpretive order. Since they are a means by which visitors see and enjoy the park, they are essentaially low speed roads.This almost perfectly mirrors our approach to tour design. Miles of scenic, or historic points of interest? Yes! Adding even more miles just to get some more views? Yes! Intentionally going slower in order to savor the place you are in? Yes, yes, yes - this is why we're here. This is why we keep coming back, year after year.We love biking these roads - because they were built just for us.
NATIONAL PARKS EXPECTED TO REMAIN BUSY IN 2017
Original article written by Tim Wood, Travel Pulse
Visits to National Parks reached an all-time high in 2015 with more than 307 million visitors. Our U.S. National Parks are budget friendly getaways and a recent survey stated that 79% of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a National Park in the next 12 months.
The National Parks Service (NPS) will celebrate their official centennial on August 25, 2016, but while most travellers are familiar with America’s 58 National Parks, which bear such majestic names as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, the centennial celebration encompasses all of the 400+ nationally protected monuments, battlefields, military parks, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas and more that make up the National Park Service.
With global uncertainty, many Americans are turning to domestic vacations and the wide variety of National Parks offer something for every traveler to discover. Re-discovery of the National Park System is a further sign that Americans are taking more and more advantages of local and regional attractions as gas prices stay below $3 per gallon.
These were the most visited National Parks in 2015: the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and the Rocky Mountains and our bucket list for the upcoming year is Yellowstone (33%), Yosemite (17%) and Grand Canyon (12%) were the top must-sees. If you visit our National Parks August 25-28, September 24, and November 11th all entrance fees will be waived.
Tune into It's Your Time to Travel on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8 pm on talktainmentradio.com and join the discussion on Celebrating 100 years of U.S. National Parks.