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FREE Parks FREE Guide

Earth Day Travel

Grizzly Bear along Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Grizzly Bear along Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park

Each year in April, the U. S. National Parks open their doors for free. (Many parks are free all year long, but more than 100 of the 397 parks have a charge.) During National Parks Week, April 21-April 29,coinciding with Earth Day, you can enter parks from Alaska’s Denali to Yosemite in California for no fee. See the list of fee-free parks here. This represents quite a savings, particularly if you have a whole family visiting one of the super-star parks like Grand Canyon.

This year the deal is sweetened by Lonely Planet offering a free e-guide to the 15 best experiences in the National Parks, from their print book Discover USA’s Best National Parks. Here’s the deal, in their own words: Continue reading FREE Parks FREE Guide

The Boar and the Butterfly

An Earth Day Read

Destination: the World

Book: The Ragged Edge of the World: Encounters at the Frontier Where Modernity, Wildlands and Indigenous Peoples Meet (NEW April 2012) by Eugene Linden.

“Tourism’s hyperbole to the contrary, there are very few “timeless” places left on the planet.” Eugene Linden.

Surely anyone afflicted with an addiction to travel will envy  the itinerary of Eugene Linden‘s life. This is the sort of book that convinces people that travel writers lead glamorous and exciting lives. The important thing about Linden’s travel, though, is not the sheer joy of exploring far-flung places, but the intellectual journeys that motivated his jet-away life. Continue reading The Boar and the Butterfly