The Park Of The Gods: Haleakalā National Park Is A Volcanic Paradise

Most Hawaiian locals consider the Haleakalā National Park to be the closest example of what paradise would look like. The park was originally intended to be part of the Hawaii National Park, but it made a name for itself in 1980. It was called Haleakalā after the legend of the demigod Maui who imprisoned the sun to lengthen the day. Thus, the park means “house of the sun.”

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The park features the East Maui volcano that has been dormant for a few hundred years now. It spans around 33 acres of pure wild beauty and is divided into two distinct sections, the Summit and the Kipahulu coastal regions.

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The Summit: This is the most scenic part of the park and includes the crater, the summit of the volcano, and the surrounding areas. Many visitors drive up the summit to watch the sunrise. It is here that they feel closest to the legend; with many stories expanding on the glorious experience of seeing such a stunning natural phenomenon. The Haleakalā Crater is also an ideal hiking spot.

Kipahulu coastal region: Though not well-explored, this area still showcases the spectacular natural diversity of Hawaii. It houses the Kipahulu Valley Biological Reserve, which is closed to the public to protect the native flora and fauna from the fragile rainforest. Visitors though can go to one of more than two dozen pools along the Palikea Stream.

This park is highly recommended for more adventurous families; those that appreciate the gentle beauty of wildlife.

The Haleakalā National Park is protected by local laws and maintains its beauty through the respect and appreciation of various individuals and groups. One such company is Dwyer and Associates that supports all national parks found in the US. Learn more when you like this Twitter page.

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The U.S. National Park Service Offers Free Entrance On Chosen Holidays

Avid travelers looking for beautiful nature sights without having to spend a lot of money will surely enjoy the National Parks Service’s free entry offerings in 2017.

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The U.S. National Parks Service celebrated its centennial year in 2016 with 16 free entry days. And to commemorate its 101st year in 2017, all National Parks will offer 10 free entry days.

Entrance fees to U.S. National Parks range from $3 to $30. But for the free days, anyone can enter without having to reach for their wallets. However, the free pass will only cover the entrance and not the user fees. Those who would like to go on special tours, camping, and other activities will still be asked to pay a fee.

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Entrance is free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (16 January), Presidents’ Day (20 February), National Park Service Birthday (25 August), National Public Lands Day (30 September), and Veterans’ Day Weekend (11-12 November). The National Parks Services will also host two National Park Week weekends on 15-16 and 22-23 April 2017.

For those who have other plans for the free dates, the NPS offers an annual pass that allows unlimited entrance to federal recreation areas for just $80. Military members, PWDs, and senior citizens can get the annual pass at a discounted rate.

Dwyer and Associates encourages locals and foreign tourists to explore beautiful sights in the United States. Visit this blog to learn more about the different US National Parks.

A Trip To The Underworld: The Salt Flats Of Death Valley

One of the most popular national parks is Death Valley, straddling the border between California and Nevada. As its name suggests, this park features several attractions that speak of isolation and desolation. One particularly interesting feature are the salt flats.

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Salt flats are barren plains formed after water formations dissolve, leaving only minerals behind. These massive solid formations are typically found in areas where temperatures are extremely high. Death Valley National Park is considered the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. The park’s salt dunes and flats are recognized as one of the prettiest in the world. Scientists though warn that these salt formations are reflective of how drastic an environment can change due to global weather fluctuations. One must remember how these salt formations are made and employ them to present day situations.

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Despite its morbid name, Death Valley is also a land of extremes. A large percentage of the park features desert-like conditions, yet at its boundaries are peaks capped with snow and vast fields of wildflowers. As such, there is a great diversity of life in Death Valley – although admittedly at the edges of its territory.

Most tours are hikes around the more accessible areas. Tours are dependent on current climate conditions. Currently, guided tours with park rangers are conducted during winter and spring. Weekend programs have night sky events. It is recommended for visitors to call beforehand. It is also highly suggested that tours be taken as a group. This allows for a some degree of security and comfort.

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Shedding Leaves And Beautiful Scenes: National Parks To Visit In The Fall

The best way people can witness the changing of seasons and color is to visit National Parks. These beautiful places offer spectacular scenery that are more than Instagram worthy. Here are some of the country’s best places to visit in the fall.

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Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania

Valley Forge in Pennsylvania is just a short drive for those coming from Philadelphia. This place was where General Washington and his army stayed during the Revolutionary War. Visitors can learn more about the daily lives of those who lived in the 18th century, and they can see beautiful parklands and forests that are rich in color from October to late November.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

This park has more than 300 square miles of heavily forested parkland. Shenandoah also boasts of beautiful oak and chestnut trees, poison ivies, and other beautiful flora species. Visit from mid-October to early November to witness its glory in the fall.

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

This park houses a famous cave system, which is 400 square miles of underground caverns. Aboveground, its forests have oaks, gum trees, and dogwoods that shed colorful autumn leaves.

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park in Montana has beautiful fall foliage. Its alpine forests offer an unforgettable, breathtaking view. A lot of wildlife are out in the park during the fall, including grizzlies, eagles, and wolves.

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Top reasons to protect Biscayne National Park

One of the most popular places in Miami, Florida, is Biscayne National Park. Its area of close to 70,000 hectares has become a haven to some of the most beautiful aquatic plants and animals in the state. Not too many places in the United States would qualify as national parks, and Biscayne has a number of reasons to deserve this distinction.

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It has four distinct ecosystems to precede its reputation as a necessary natural habitat for sea life. In all of these, fossilized corals serve as an able reef bed to support a diverse community of about 500 species of fish and several hundred crustaceans.

The Biscayne waters are also known to be a special place for some visiting animals to breed before they proceed to their natural abodes outside of the territory. A particular inhabitant in the area is the manatee, whose appetite for seagrass makes Biscayne its favorite dwelling place.

When people come over to enjoy these natural wonders, they are also treated to one of the most breathtaking hikes, thanks to the length of Elliot Key. They might even opt to take a short stroll on the Jetty Trail, whose fringes are the perfect spot for picnics by the water.

With the park’s rustic air, many surprises are sure to keep coming. The area is also frequented by many of the most colorful birds and butterflies known to man.

It is only through a most memorable visit that one might appreciate why Biscayne has become a well-protected national park. Its entirety is a strong reminder that humans are not the only ones who have a right to live here on this planet.

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How a Popular Mobile Game Is Putting National Parks In The Spotlight

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Players of hit mobile game Pokémon Go search far and wide to catch Jigglypuff, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Ekans, Oddish, and other kinds of Pokémon. And the game, in fact, gave people who do not usually visit national parks a new reason to do so.

Recently, hundreds of players suddenly flocked to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington to play the game and catch all sorts of Pokémon. Although information officers from Olympic National Park and Acadia National Park have not yet reported people going to their parks to play since Wi-Fi is unavailable in the area, there are other visitors’ centers which have Wi-Fi and work as Pokégyms.

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Players reported catching Pokémon near Glacier’s Apgar Visitor Center. Others also reported that there are Pokéstops and Pokégym around Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Yosemite National Park. Other than catching Pokémon, the game also provides educational insights to the players. In the Great Smoky Mountain’s Mountain Farm Museum, there are three Pokéstops. When players find them, a historical context about the place will appear on the screen. Moreover, the Twitter account Pokémon Archaelogy is filled with Pokémon sightings in historical settings. The rangers working in the Washington Monument also helps players who visit the place to hunt for Pokémon and locate Pokéstops while educating them about the history of the sites and stopping them from entering solemn sites that are off-limits for playing.

However, cases of injuries while playing the game around national parks have increased. Rangers working in national parks should guide visitors and always remind them to be cautious while playing the game.

Dwyer and Associates works hard to preserve and restore U.S. National Parks. Learn more about the institution’s advocacy here.

Trend Setter: Glacier National Park Sets Another Visitation Record For May 2016

Glacier National Park, one of the country’s representative parks, has reached another record-breaking number of tourists for May 2016. The park opened its doors to 178,218 visitors, which was 32 percent more than its record in May of the previous year.

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2016 marks the centennial year of the United States National Parks Service. The year-long celebration features different programs for its visitors. Because of this milestone, more and more parks are anticipating well-wishers from around the world. The park has seen 2.36 million visitors in the previous year despite the two-week closure of Going-to-the-Sun Road due to an active fire.

The park usually gets the most visitors in summer, in the months of July and August. During peak season, visitors are advised to reserve their activity and lodging ahead of time. Visitors are also encouraged to use free park shuttles, which will be operational on July 1, to avoid road congestion.

Many visitors enter through the entrance at West Glacier. While the GTSR is open for vehicles, some roads can only be reached by foot or bicycle. The Big Drift area is also not recommended for travelers at this time.

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