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Happy Holidays from American Park Rangers

Park rangers from around a dozen national parks are sending their holiday greetings to the millions of visitors who visit America’s Best Idea each year. The first video came from Yosemite National Park, whose rangers are apparently gunning to start a snowball fight. But the greeting from Denali National Park is our favorite so far:

Thanksgiving in Our Parks

Spending Thanksgiving holiday at a park may be, in some ways, a truer iteration of the first autumn harvest feast that the pilgrims assembled back in 1621. They were close to nature on a physical and metaphysical way. They ate the communal meal outdoors since it was the only way the small colony could accommodate the 50 or so surviving settlers and the Native Americans in attendance.

Sorghum Syrup in the Smokies

One of the most distinctive features of American rural heritage is its culinary legacy, and the Appalachian settlers of the late 19th and early 20th century were no slack contributors.

Support America's Natural and Cultural Heritage

Zion National ParkExperience your public lands, get your Christmas shopping done WAY early, and support a good cause. APPL (Association of Partners for Public Lands) is holding an online charity auction with an excellent lineup of public land experiences to bid on.

An Arch Observation: The Gateway Arch Celebrates Its 46th Birthday

Rarely do modern stainless steel structures come to mind when thinking of national parks, but the famous Gateway Arch qualifies since it is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Bridge Day: For Thrill-Seekers and Spectators

It’s time for the 32nd annual Bridge Day at New River Gorge National River, an event that takes advantage of the New River Gorge Bridge’s 876-foot elevation and 3030-foot span.

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