Latest Sightseeing News

Yellowstone National Park to mark 150th anniversary in 2022

Jan. 22, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is about to turn 150 years old on March 1, and an array of activities are planned to honor the occasion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park staff haven’t scheduled large-scale events commemorating Yellowstone’s sesquicentennial....

Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1M visits in '21

Jan. 21, 2022 04:13 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1 million visits in 2021, topping the record from 2019 by 1.5 million. Officials say the park also set eight monthly visitation records during winter and spring months last year. Acting...

Bullock an initial board member for public lands foundation

Jan. 20, 2022 14:40 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and former Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze are two of the first four board members of a new nonprofit foundation created to help leverage public and private funds to conserve, protect and restore land managed by the Bureau of...

Tourism has record-breaking year in South Dakota

Jan. 20, 2022 09:12 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota had a record number of visitors in 2021, making it the first state to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels, according the tourism officials. The state Department of Tourism says visitors spent more than $4.4 billion last year, generating $160...

San Diego man found dead in Joshua Tree National Park

Jan. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego man was found dead in Joshua Tree National Park, authorities said Wednesday. The body was found Monday morning at the base of Sentinel Wall, a short distance from the Hidden Valley Nature Trail, the National Park Service said. ...

Yellowstone bison species decision questioned by US judge

Jan. 17, 2022 17:21 PM EST

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit part of its decision not to protect Yellowstone National Park’s bison as an endangered species. The Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project groups have...

Remote artist residencies return to Isle Royale, Porcupines

Jan. 16, 2022 00:02 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Artist residency programs in two of Michigan’s most remote parks are once again giving creators the chance to find inspiration through deep solitude and connection with unspoiled nature. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in the western...

National monument proposed for Nevada site sacred to tribes

Jan. 14, 2022 16:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada congresswoman and several elected and tribal officials announced support Friday for national monument designation over a broad area south of Las Vegas they say is biologically diverse and rich with Native American cultural significance. The site would be...

Big South Fork offering one free camping night on Monday

Jan. 14, 2022 04:01 AM EST

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) — Visitors to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area can enjoy a free night of camping to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday. The park says it is authorizing one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground. The...

Bridge proposed along section of slumping Alaska park road

Jan. 13, 2022 21:01 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency is proposing a large steel bridge along a section of the only road that runs through a premier national park in Alaska — a stretch that officials say has been rapidly slumping amid changes in the climate. About half the mostly gravel road...