Author: America's Great Outdoors

Hey, Texas! Get out to Guadalupe Mountains National Park before you miss the fall colors. McKittrick Canyon is one of the best places in the state to enjoy autumn’s brilliance as the leaves shift from green to spectacular shades of yellow and orange. Under a gorgeous blue sky, breathing in the fresh air, you’ll never want your walk in the woods to end. Photo by M. Haynie, National Park Service.

Golden morning light shimmers on the ocean and glints against the black rock cliffs at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This unique park reveals at least 70 million years of volcanism, migration and evolution that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex ecosystems and a distinct human culture. Visitors might not realize it, but they’re standing near the top of the most massive mountain on Earth, rising 56,000 feet from the sea floor. Mother Nature really knows how to build. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.

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Photo at Glacier National Park in Montana along the Highline Trail by Alyssa Herren (

Though they are made of ancient rock, the Tetons are one of the youngest mountain ranges in North America. They have been uplifting for less than 10 million years, making them “adolescent” mountains, as compared to the “middle-aged” Rockies (60-80 million years old) or the “elderly” Appalachians (more than 300 million years old). Erosion has had much less time to work in the Teton range, comparatively, so their peaks remain rough and rugged – a major factor in the iconic appeal of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Photo @GrandTetonNPS by John Tobiason, National Park Service.

Soar over the Aleutian Range, and take in the incredible textures of Becharof National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska. Adjacent to Katmai National Park & Preserve, this wonderland nurtures one of Bristol Bay’s largest sockeye salmon runs, part of the foundation for the local economy. Some six million sockeye salmon run here annually, supporting a wide array of wildlife while contributing to ancient cycles. At a size difficult to comprehend, the refuge protects 1,157,000 acres and includes an active volcano, unusual geological features, historically significant landmarks, and a federally designated Wilderness. Photos by Jeff Jones, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

You’ll need to make more than one visit if you really want to enjoy fall colors at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Different trees peak at different times, so each journey into this gorgeous forest offers a unique experience. Throughout October and November, maples, oaks, gums and dogwoods put on a splendid show you don’t want to miss. Photo at Blue Hen Falls by Craig Walton (

Random acts of kindness. Simple gestures. Your kind actions go a long way. #WorldKindnessDay gives us all a reason to celebrate.

These affectionate island foxes live on six of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of southern California – and are found nowhere else on Earth. As a subspecies of the gray fox, they are the smallest foxes in North America, but the largest native predator on these islands. The story of the island fox is a conservation success story, where many groups worked together to ensure their survival – it continues to be an amazing example of recovery. Photo at Channel Islands National Park courtesy of Chris Brinkman.

A red rock wonderland sculpted by wind, water & time, Arches National Park in Utah will blow your mind. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover established Arches National Monument to protect the arches, spires, balanced rocks and other sandstone formations on this amazing landscape. On November 12, 1971, Congress changed the status of Arches to a National Park. That’s today! But no matter the name, the season or reason, we love celebrating this incredible place. Photo by Zack Nicol (

On Veterans Day, we say thank you to all the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Memorials across the country honor our brave veterans and make sure that we never forget their dedication and sacrifice. All gave some. Some gave all.

Photo of the Korean War Veterans Memorial at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. by Carol Highsmith, National Park Service.

Towering rock formations, majestic bison and tens of millions of years of natural history await you at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. Don’t let the name fool you – you’re sure to have a good time here. First protected as a national monument in 1929, Badlands was established as a national park on this day in 1978. Learn more about the rugged beauty of this park and all it has to offer: Photo by Donna Schneider (