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Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

Alabama Gulf Coast Named Top Tourism Attraction

March 4, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Alabama’s Gulf beaches and Gulf State Park are the largest tourism attractions in the state, overwhelmingly so, according to the new attendance figures released last week by the Alabama Tourism Department. The state’s largest stand-alone festival events, located about 20 miles apart, are also located in the Gulf Coast region. The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival […]

Valley of Fire State Park: Simply WOW!

Valley of Fire State Park: Simply WOW!

February 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The lights! The glitz! The shine! From the bizarre to the beautiful, Las Vegas has it all: New York, NY, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Paris—and the Bellagio water fountain show. When the neon of Vegas becomes too much, head out to Valley of Fire, Nevada’s first state park, so designated in 1935. With its […]

Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

December 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For most of us, New Year’s traditions revolve around indoor activities—eating and watching football. However, an outdoor activity could make your holiday rituals even more fun and an invigorating way to kick off the New Year. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and […]

Happiness is a Texas Bucket List

Happiness is a Texas Bucket List

November 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

From West Texas to the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast, El Paso to Texarkana to Brownsville, from outdoor enthusiasts to foodies to culture buffs, there’s always something to see and do in Texas. Our Texas RV Travel Bucket List continues. Monahans Sandhills State Park Monahans Sandhills State Park consists of 3,840 acres of wind-sculpted sand […]

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

While traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to spend some summer vacation time with family there, the Dettlaff family from Apex, North Carolina, decided to drive 100 miles out of their way to have some fun at Crater of Diamonds State Park. They’d experienced gem mining in the mountains of their own state, but had never visited […]

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

Human Encounters with Bears Turn Deadly

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Recent media reports detail numerous human encounters with black bears. In most instances the bears became food-conditioned, lost their natural fear of humans, and become a threat as they roamed in search of an easy meal. These bear was either relocated or euthanized by rangers because they posed an obvious human safety risk to campers. […]

Mount Washington Traffic Increasing

Mount Washington Traffic Increasing

July 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

New Hampshire’s Mount Washington has the reputation of being “Home of the world’s worst weather”. Severe storms, including snow, can happen at any time of the year. The combination of severe winds, cold, and wetness can exhaust the strongest hiker. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the White Mountains of New Hampshire—and in the […]

2.10 Carat Birthday Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds

2.10 Carat Birthday Diamond Found at Crater of Diamonds

April 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The diamond is the traditional birthstone for those who were born in the month of April. How perfect that Andrea Murphy of Gentry, Arkansas, found a 2.10-carat brown diamond while she and her family visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park last week to celebrate her birthday. According to Park Interpreter Margi Jenks, “Andrea and eight of her family members gathered together at the Crater […]

Start the New Year Off on the Right Foot with a First Day Hike

Start the New Year Off on the Right Foot with a First Day Hike

December 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With New Year’s Day just around the corner, people everywhere are zeroing in on their new year’s resolutions for 2013. Some will vow to add more exercise into their routines, and others will promise not to stay indoors as much. You can start the New Year off on the right foot, the left foot, or […]

Some Days Are Diamond: Florida Man Finds 1.95 ct. Brown Diamond

Some Days Are Diamond: Florida Man Finds 1.95 ct. Brown Diamond

December 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The second-largest diamond found so far this year at Crater of Diamonds State Park was certified on the afternoon of November 28. The 1.95-carat dark brown gem is about the size of an English pea, with a round shape and a pitted surface. 40-year-old Doug Lay, a certified nursing assistant from Hernando, Florida, discovered the coffee-colored […]

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