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.

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.