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A trip down one of Montana's great rivers -- the Mighty Mo'

Jun. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

COAL BANKS LANDING, Mont. (AP) — “Ju-dith Lan-ding,” followed by a rhythmic five-beat clap, rung through miles of cliffs as 14 people set out from Coal Banks Landing on Memorial Day weekend. The phrase, a popular one among this group of friends and fellow travelers,...

Town that was a center of slave trade unveiling marker

Jun. 19, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town that was a center of the transatlantic slave trade is commemorating Juneteenth by unveiling a new marker recognizing its role in slavery. Officials on Saturday were placing the first of two planned slavery markers in town at the...

Summer tourism influx at Georgia beach means more citations

Jun. 19, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — More summer visitors are flocking to Georgia’s largest public beach, and that means local officials are writing more tickets for rule violations. Police on Tybee Island in recent months have been reporting high numbers of citations for beach...

New Lincoln Museum podcast explores Illinois music legends

Jun. 19, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new podcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features conversations about legendary Illinois musicians and bands, sometimes with the performers themselves. The State of Sound podcast is a...

Get outside -- adventure awaits in PA lakes, forests, parks

Jun. 19, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Just look at Pennsylvania’s numbers: 2.2 million acres of forestland; 140 state and national parks; home to part of the Appalachian Trail; and 2,500 lakes (including a Great Lake, by the way). And most of it is free. ...

Girl attacked by bear in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Jun. 18, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a bear Friday in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said. The bear attacked while the girl was sleeping in a hammock at about 12:30 a.m., and National Park Service officials said her family was able...

Land from former slave market donated to US park service

Jun. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The National Park Service on Friday accepted a Mississippi city's donation of land at a site that was once one of the largest slave markets in the United States. The federal agency eventually will develop exhibits that tell the history of Forks of...

Haaland touts Acadia National Park work during Maine visit

Jun. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland detailed a host of improvements and investments at Maine's only national park during a visit to the state on Friday. Haaland touted the improvements on a day she toured Acadia National Park, one of the biggest...

Bourbon tourism shaking off pandemic slump in Kentucky

Jun. 18, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — With tourists flocking to distilleries, concerns about a pandemic hangover for Kentucky’s world-famous bourbon industry are quickly evaporating. A $19 million tourist center that Heaven Hill Distillery opened just days ago in the heart of the...

More visitors arriving at Glacier when tickets not required

Jun. 18, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park says it's seeing more visitors showing up early in the morning and evening when the park's new ticketed entry system is not in effect. Glacier administrators say people who arrive at the park's West entrance after 5 p.m....