Tishomingo

An old-fashioned state park, Tishomingo nestles in the Appalachian foothills on the border of Alabama, presenting a rugged contour unusual in this low-lying state. Tremendous sandstone cliffs vie for attention with moss-covered boulders strewn...

Butterfly trees

Once a year the cloud forest pine trees in the mountains of central Mexico take on spectacular raiment as they play host to millions of over-wintering monarch butterflies. Upon encountering the sea of orange...

Tortuguero National Park

Secluded Tortuguero in Costa Rica provides ideal nesting conditions for four endangered turtle species. These turtles are in constant danger from fishing nets and disruption to reproduction cycles due to the light and sound...

The Lost Sea

The Lost Sea is the largest underground lake in the United States. It lies deep within a cave system called Craighead Caverns, in the mountains of east Tennessee. The actual caverns have provided shelter...

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Here’s one aptly named national park: Bring the children here and they will feel as though they’ve gone to the moon. Three lava fields, with some 60 distinct lava flows and 25 volcanic cones,...

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Only 200 miles by road from often-overrun Yosemite   National   Park,   Sequoia   and Kings  Canyon  national  parks  still  feel  like untrammeled  wilderness.  Only  one  road, the  Generals  Highway,  loops  through  the area, and no road traverses...

Olympic National Park

Get ready for sensory overload. Olympic National Park is an area of such variety in climate and terrain that it’s hard to believe it’s just one park. Here you can view white, chilled alpine...

Petrified Forest & Painted Desert

A better name for the Petrified Forest might be the Petrified Pile of Logs, with its fossilized hunks of ancient trees scattered like kindling across the arid scrubby landscape. But these richly colored petrifactions...

The Grand Canyon-Where the Earth Splits Open

RISING   METAL   AND   MINERAL   PRICES   WORLDWIDE   HAVE   SPARKED   A   NEW   WAVE   OF   PROSPECTING in the Old West. The number of mining claims near...

Hiding Place of the Jungle Manatee

The Amazonian Manatee, endemic to this region, faces a high rate of extinction in the wild. Anavilhanas is also home to other threatened species, including the giant arapaima fish, black caiman, and two species...

Stone Mountain

More than 300 million years ago, molten lava blistered up under the Earth's surface and hardened into a 25-square-mile mass of igneous rock here in what would become the edge of North Carolina's mountain...

On Top of the World in the Trans- Pecos

The Trans-Pecos region of West Texas comprises four mountain ranges, extending from the bottom of the Rocky Mountain system at the New Mexico state line to Big Bend National Park and the Mexican border. Begin...