Meet the Adorable Hedgehog Who Loves National Parks and Monuments

@adventuresofcalico Chances are, Calico the Hedgehog looks better in her travel photos than you do—mainly because she’s an entirely adorable exotic animal. For years, Calico has been traveling around the country taking in the sights and sharing them with a doting Instagram community of more than 83,000 people. A lot of her shots feature the […]

QUIZ: Can You Identify National Parks Based on Satellite Photos?

@DailyOverview / @digitalglobe Instagram Gorgeous aerial shots give a unique view of America’s national parks—how many can you recognize?  Just in time for the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday, Instagram account Daily Overview has offered up gorgeous satellite photos of America’s most beloved natural wonders. Think you know about our country’s finest views? Take our […]

California Wildfire Closes Big Sur State Parks

Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Two major wildfires in California are causing evacuations and closures as firefighters battle the blazes. Officials closed state parks along the Big Sur coast on Tuesday, destinations that attract an average 7,500 people every day. The closures include Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns […]

Meet the Photographer Who Scored a Dream Job with the National Park Service

Photo by: Jarob J. Ortiz (left); Casey Paynter (right) For many people, traveling across the country to capture extraordinary landscapes and landmarks of civic importance on film sounds like a dream job. For Milwaukee-native Jarob J. Ortiz, it’s a reality. Ortiz earned a sought-after position at the National Park Service to help document parks and historic sites […]

The Best Airbnb Rentals for Visiting America’s National Parks

ROBERT SCHNAIBLE /Getty Images In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday on Thursday, Airbnb has rounded up its most popular off-the-grid accommodations located in and near some of America’s famed national parks. The accommodations provide renters with the best up-close views of the parks and natural wonders, from the starry skies in surrounding […]