Articles tagged “national parks”

Overtourism Leads Zion National Park to Consider New Reservation System

Overtourism Leads Zion National Park to Consider New Reservation System

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press

Instead of tranquility, summer visitors find crammed shuttle buses, epic bathroom lines, and damaged foliage at Zion National Park in Utah. Testing a fair reservation system is worth it to combat overtourism.

4 weeks ago

Indiana Tourism Gains an Underground Railroad National Historic Site

Indiana Tourism Gains an Underground Railroad National Historic Site

Danielle Grady, Associated Press

Indiana's few national parks aren't blockbusters. A new federally recognized historic site -- and any associated funding -- could help strengthen the state's offerings, which are heavy on agri-tourism.

1 month ago

Route 66 and Tourist Towns May Lose National Park Service Backing

Route 66 and Tourist Towns May Lose National Park Service Backing

Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Between this, Brand USA's possible demise, and national monuments possibly losing their status, U.S. tourism may be in trouble with little chance of help from the Trump administration.

3 months ago

Tourists Set a New Record for Spending in Utah

Tourists Set a New Record for Spending in Utah

Associated Press

Utah, whose tourism depends on outdoor attractions, has strong visitation for the moment, but this could change if some national monuments lose their status.

3 months ago

Tourists Don’t Need to Die for the Perfect Selfie Say Yellowstone Park Officials

Tourists Don’t Need to Die for the Perfect Selfie Say Yellowstone Park Officials

Associated Press

You would think it shouldn't be the responsibility of a tourism destination to remind people of basic common sense and decent behavior. But this is the age we're living in.

3 months ago

Trump’s Review of National Monuments May Hurt Tourist Destinations

Trump’s Review of National Monuments May Hurt Tourist Destinations

Matthew Daly and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

National parks and monuments are excellent tourism drivers in the American West. Exposing them to development not only hurts leisure visitation and preservation efforts, but repels meetings and conventions as we see in Utah. Removing the "national monument" designation from public land is basically unheard of.

4 months ago

Yellowstone National Park Had a $680 Million Impact on Local Economies

Yellowstone National Park Had a $680 Million Impact on Local Economies

Associated Press

We've had year after year o rising park attendance and spending. What will the Trump years look like for parks?

4 months ago

Utah Tourism Spending Hits Record While Public Lands Debate Rages

Utah Tourism Spending Hits Record While Public Lands Debate Rages

Associated Press

Utah's governor wants more control over the state's public lands, which include several renowned national parks, but many people fear that conservation will suffer as a result. In the meantime, the state may lose some convention revenue as well.

6 months ago

Maui National Park Grapples With Overtourism

Maui National Park Grapples With Overtourism

Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones, Associated Press

The National Park Service is no stranger to overtourism in its most renowned parks. Requiring reservations and payment in advance may irritate some visitors to Maui, but if the NPS wants to preserve this valuable natural habitat for future travelers to enjoy, it doesn't have much choice.

7 months ago

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Civil rights tourism is already a staple for the Alabama Tourism Department and this National Monument designation will take it to the next level. If the throngs of visitors at the new African American museum in Washington D.C. have taught us anything, federal recognition can be a very good thing.

7 months ago

Zion National Park Being Overrun by Tourists This Winter

Zion National Park Being Overrun by Tourists This Winter

Associated Press

Overtourism is sweeping Zion National Park in Utah: Too many tourists, too few park rangers.

8 months ago

Should Mount Rainier Get Cell Service or Remain a Tech-Detox Zone?

Should Mount Rainier Get Cell Service or Remain a Tech-Detox Zone?

Phuong Le, Associated Press

Should Mount Rainier get cell service? Should airline passengers be allowed to make phone calls? The Trump-Clinton campaign and Brexit are not the only things that divided the citizenry.

8 months ago