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Category Archives: Yosemite National Park

8 National Parks You Can See Without a Car

If you’ve visited a national park in the summer recently you’re probably found yourself in a frustrating gridlock that rivals an L.A. freeway at 5 P.M. And you can’t blame the bison. National parks are experiencing record numbers of visitors, and unfortunately for the environment, record numbers of vehicles. But that’s not to say you […]

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A Rock Climber Is Lucky to be Alive After Falling 80 Feet on Half Dome

A 21-year-old rock climber from New Zealand is recovering from a terrifying 80-foot fall on Yosemite’s Half Dome. Anna Parsons was climbing the classic route Snake Dike on August 1 when she slipped and fell down the rock face. She broke nearly every major bone in her body, including her spine and pelvis. The damage to […]

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Looking Toward the Fire from My Front Yard, I Thought, ‘This Is Going to Burn My House Down.’

On July 22, the Oak Fire started in Midpines, California, 37 miles from Yosemite Valley. At the time of publication, 18,532 acres and 41 homes and buildings have been destroyed. This is the story of one Mariposa resident who lost his house in the fire. On Friday, July 22, I’d just returned home from hosting […]

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Subpar Parks Makes Art Out of Hilariously Bad National Park Reviews

Illustrator and hand lettering artist Amber Share turns really bad reviews of national parks, monuments, and other public lands from Google, Yelp, and Tripadvisor into art. Share has a healthy Instagram following and sells postcards, puzzles, and posters of her work. We spoke with her to learn more about her illustrations and rounded up our […]

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The Best National Park Lego Vignettes on Instagram

Nine decades after they hit the market, Legos are still one of the most popular toys. While older sets leaned into themes like pirates, vikings, and space, the company has expanded into pop culture with Lego sets portraying Star Wars, Batman, Harry Potter—and even the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2015, two national park […]

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How to Avoid Crowds in the 10 Most Popular National Parks

National parks broke dozens of attendance records last year, making this summer a challenging time to visit any of the sites on the top-ten list. Add to that the strict reservation systems implemented by many, and planning ahead is more crucial than ever. The National Park Services’ official stance on the matter is simple: explore […]

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Tips and Tricks for Visiting a National Park without a Reservation

To cut down on crowds, eliminate wait times, and help preserve natural resources, an increasing number of national parks are capping visitation and requiring advanced reservations this summer. If you’re one of those organized people who plans your life months in advance, bully for you. But if you’re a person who doesn’t, or who prefers […]

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