U.S. parks

Hikers crossing over rocks on Appalachian Trail (© Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The Appalachian Trail, beloved by hikers, turns 80

The 3,500-kilometer Appalachian Trail calls more than 3 million hikers to the woods every year and has inspired scenic trails in other countries.
Tourists riding mules into the heart of the Grand Canyon (© AP Images)

Explore a U.S. park from anywhere on Earth [video]

Celebrate the U.S. National Park Service's 101st anniversary with a digital 3-D tour of America’s famous landmarks.
Clouds floating in the sky above a wide expanse of prairie land (Dennis Lingohr/APR)

A new kind of park emerges on the prairie

American Prairie Reserve, a public-private partnership, is bringing back buffalo, birds and big, open sky to the Montana prairie.
Overhead view of city with blue-lighted walkways (© MVRDV/Ossip van Duivenbode)

Old highways and rail lines become gardens and walkways

Seoul, Sydney and Jerusalem are among cities that took a cue from New York and repurposed their old highways and railways into parks and trails.
Colored map with icons showing landmarks (State Dept./Diane Woolverton)

Here’s a free poster with a map of U.S. products, places

The week of July 17 is “Made in America Week” at the White House. This free poster, available for printing, highlights U.S. products and landmarks.
Harriet Tubman (State Dept./Astrid Riecken)

In pictures: Harriet Tubman’s route on the Underground Railroad

In a few years, the U.S. $20 bill will feature Harriet Tubman. Learn more about this extraordinary woman and the Underground Railroad.
Black-and-white dog overlooking bighorn sheep in mountain meadow (NPS/A.W. Biel)

‘Bark ranger’ helps park rangers keep animals and people safe

Gracie the border collie brings a special skill set to Glacier National Park: keeping the wildlife living in the park safe from their visitors.
Rock formation with waterfall lit by sun (© Ted Soqui/Corbis/Getty Images)

Fire on the mountain?

Despite what your eyes are telling you, it's not molten lava flowing from Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Fall in February.
Snowy scene of a river and trees (NPS/Gordon Dietzman)

Visiting sacred Native American grounds at U.S. national parks

Adventurer Mikah Meyer has visited many U.S. national parks and been struck by the extent to which Native American history is part of so many.