Spotlights

Discover Where the National Parks and the Arts Intersect

The National Park Service, we know, protects and preserves important historical landmarks and expansive, undeveloped natural landscapes. However, many NPS units also have ties to the creative arts, and are dedicated to honoring and preserving an artistic legacy. We've taken a closer look at parks that focus upon artists, writers, and important creative and cultural pursuits that uniquely reflect and reexamine American culture. Let's take a look, click here!

Our Guide to Washington, D.C., Part I

There’s so much to see in Washington, D.C.! We’re going to do a quick two-sentence and two-part guide to each of the National Park Service units in the Washington D.C. jurisdiction area, which does also includes a few sites in Virginia and Maryland. Here in part one, we’ll be exploring NPS units that you can visit without a car, either by walking, using public transportation or a quick hop using a cab or car share service. Click here to read the full guide!

Discover Lapham Peak State Park

"I consider myself a champion of curiosity, and the life of Increase Lapham resonates powerfully for me," writes Janet Frost. "I don’t believe that it was an accident that a man driven by curiosity and the yearning for scientific knowledge landed in the territory of Wisconsin." Frost takes P&P readers through Lapham Peak Park, an enchanted wilderness with a prominent peak that rises 1,200 feet above sea level—click here to read more about Lapham's life and this majestic Wisconsin state park!

 

Sledding on Sand and Stargazing: Visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park

Over in the Rocky Mountains region, we are happy to present Courtney Johnson's take on Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park.

"When you approach the tallest sand dunes in North America at Great Sand Dunes National Park, you almost feel like you are on the set of Star Wars. From a distance, they appear much smaller than they are—the tallest point on the dunes is approximately 13,604 feet (4,146m) above sea level. When we got our closeup look from the visitor center in July, my four-year-old daughter Emma's mouth dropped open."

Click here to read the full guide!

Our Tour of National Parks Service Sites in Northern Arizona

Now is a great time to start planning a trip to northern Arizona. The snow will be melting soon, and the weather will be temperate. Our tour covers one thousand miles of desert landscape in one week — though it can be modified based on your timing!  The 1.25 million acre Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyon de Chelly National Monument — a network of canyons shared by the NPS and the Navajo Nation — Petrified Forest National Park, and of course Grand Canyon National Park, are all spectacular highlights. The region is best toured in the summer, now is the time to start planning!

Cover 1,000 Miles of Desert Landscape in a Week on our Tour of Northern Arizona

 Blue Basin Sunset- Petrified Forest National Park, photo by Andrew Kerns CC / BY

Blue Basin Sunset- Petrified Forest National Park, photo by Andrew Kerns CC / BY

Cover 1,000 Miles of Desert Landscape in a Week on our Tour of Northern Arizona

The 1.25 million acre Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyon de Chelly National Monument — a network of canyons shared by the NPS and the Navajo Nation — Petrified Forest National Park, and of course Grand Canyon National Park, are all spectacular highlights of our recommended itinerary for touring NPS sites in northern Arizona. The region is best toured in the summer, now is the time to start planning!

Our Ohio Road Trip, Visiting all the NPS Sites in Buckeye State

 Cuyahoga National Park, photo by the National Park Service.

Cuyahoga National Park, photo by the National Park Service.

Looking for an enriching summer road trip? Parks and Points's itinerary and spotlight on Ohio includes all nine National Park Service units in the state. You can tour the National First Ladies Library, as well as 310 million year old quartz and limestone formations, the homes of two American presidents, and many commemorative sites from the War of 1812. Check it out!