Recovery efforts on Alaska's Mount McKinley were suspended Sunday because of environmental hazards following an avalanche thought to have killed four Japanese climbers, the National Park Service said.
Authorities searched Tuesday for a man they say sexually assaulted and stabbed a lone hiker at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Members of the U.S. military and their families are now eligible for free annual passes to national parks and monuments as part of a program timed to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, the White House announced.
The National Park Service said Saturday that the National Christmas Tree located just south of the White House has died due to complications from "transplant shock."
CNN's John Zarrella takes us on a tour of the Florida you don't see in all those campaign stops, but probably should.
The National Park Service plans to crack down on what it calls "sleeping activity" at two Occupy DC camps.
Living in a public park as a means of protest is not protected by the First Amendment, a federal judge said Tuesday in rejecting an Occupy DC demonstrator's request to keep park police from enforcing a ban on camping.
U.S. Park Police began enforcing a ban Monday on camping in two Washington parks, with Occupy protesters at one site defiantly huddling under a large blue tarp that they dubbed the "tent of dreams."
Occupy DC demonstrators spent Sunday afternoon discussing how to respond to a call by the National Park Service to stop camping overnight at sites a few blocks from the White House.
U.S. park officials came under fire during congressional hearing Tuesday as Republican lawmakers scrutinized the "Occupy" encampments, which have persisted in the capital for nearly four months.
Two of the more persistent camps in the "Occupy" movement should be consolidated, says District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray. But demonstrators at both camps are unconvinced they should go along with the demand.
Some "Occupy" demonstrators who've clashed with police in New York City have migrated south as the new year begins, joining their colleagues in the nation's capital where authorities continue to allow protest camps at two locations.
On November 7, Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, became the latest addition to the national park family. After a long fight by Paterson residents and officials to have the 77-foot waterfall recognized, their dreams were fulfilled -- partially -- by Monday's agreement. There remain years of work to mold Great Falls around National Park Service standards, but the will, and the funds, can now be brought fully to bear on the project.
Assessment of the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will begin anew no earlier than Monday because of wind gusts, the National Park Service said in a statement released Sunday. The inspection was halted after wind blew one of the roped-in workers off the monument, and moved him 30 feet away, on Friday.
The National Park Service suspended assessment work of the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument Saturday, a day after wind blew one of the workers 30 feet away from the monument.
The Washington Monument remains "structurally sound" and is "not going anywhere," a top National Park Service official said Monday, announcing the result of a comprehensive assessment of the structure's interior.
The CNN Espanol studio in Washington shook during the earthquake that was generated near Mineral, Virginia.
Small pools of standing water were found in the Washington Monument during inspections following Hurricane Irene, the National Park Service told CNN Wednesday, indicating undiscovered cracks.
The Washington Monument is closed indefinitely as engineers study ways to repair cracks at the top of the structure.
Just days after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake cracked the Washington Monument in four places, the National Park Service is trying to protect it from being further damaged by Hurricane Irene, spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Friday.
The earthquake that struck the eastern United States on Tuesday affected some major sites and landmarks. Here is a look at the latest developments:
CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the closing of the Washington Monument and the impact the earthquake could have had on it.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will undergo renovations totaling more than $27 million beginning in late October, according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
A lone hiker, attacked by a grizzly bear in Montana's Glacier National Park, kept hiking the trail until he found help, the National Park Service said.
A man was killed by a grizzly bear Wednesday morning at Yellowstone National Park, according to the National Park Service.
One weekend out of the year, the tiny town of Dennison, Ohio, is transported to the 1940s. The brassy tones of swing music drift from the town center on an evening breeze. Children giggle as they weave through the legs of men in World War II uniforms while women serve lemonade and cookies at town's canteen.
Never mind that the skies were overcast and dropped a little rain in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
CNN's T.J. Holmes speaks to Erica Roach, a Navy wife, on how the budget back-and-forth affects military families.
If the government closes shop after Friday, the IRS will stop processing paper tax returns, the Small Business Administration will stop making loans and federal home loan guarantees will be put on hold.
An average of $32 million a day in national parks revenue could be shut off if the Beltway showdown results in a government shutdown, officials say.
Ninety-five acres of farm land where young men in blue and gray fought and died during the epic Civil War battle is being added to Gettysburg National Military Park, federal officials said.
If Congress fails to approve a spending bill before midnight on March 4, the federal government will shut down.
After not being able to agree on a budget last year, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 4.
The nation's most energy-efficient National Christmas Tree doesn't appear to be the nation's most energy-resistant one. The 42-foot Colorado blue spruce snapped at its base during high winds Saturday morning in Washington.
High winds topple the 42-foot Colorado blue spruce behind the White House
Seven years after the federal government fired her as chief of the U.S. Park Police, Teresa Chambers is set to resume the role on January 31, the Department of the Interior announced Friday.
Three experienced hikers were rescued from California's Mount Whitney, but a father and son in a separate group are missing, the National Park Service said.
Rescue workers in Utah have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Friday night, killing two park rangers on board.
There is at least one bright spot amid this otherwise wretched job market: The National Park Service is hiring!
Dave Rauschkolb organized "Hands Across the Sand," a worldwide call for an end to offshore oil drilling.
A flag that accompanied Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry into their final battle 134 years ago will be put up for auction, the auction house that will handle the sale said Friday.
Most beaches along the Gulf coast are open and have not been affected by the Gulf oil disaster. Bonnie Schneider reports.
A war memorial shaped like a cross that has been at the center of a Supreme Court fight has been torn down by vandals from its remote perch in a California desert.
A cross in the Mojave Desert becomes the subject of a Supreme Court fight, as Kate Bolduan explains. (From 2009)
It takes $25 per car before visitors driving into Grand Canyon National Park can enjoy its spectacular beauty, but the price of admission is going away -- for just a little while.
Wolves should be reintroduced in U.S. national parks to help restore damaged ecosystems, according to a new report.
Alcatraz Island was a chilly, unwelcoming place once reserved for infamous criminals. Not even the federal government appeared to want it after the penitentiary closed in the 1960s.
A wildfire in Yellowstone National Park has grown to 9,300 acres and closed a section of the main road through the park, but Yellowstone is still open and National Park Service officials said Monday there was no danger to travelers.
Pennsylvania landowners around the September 11, 2001, crash site of Flight 93 have reached an agreement with the federal government allowing construction of a permanent memorial there, the government announced Monday.
Millions in stimulus money is going to National Parks for repairs and renovations. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.
From Yellowstone National Park to the Everglades, America's 391 national parks are in need of repair -- and thanks to the economic stimulus signed into law, help is now underway.
As summertime draws to a close and families begin to switch out suitcases and sand toys for school lunch boxes, people in the travel business take the temperature on how the industry and consumers are faring.
Search teams combing the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona found a body on Saturday believed to be that of a missing 20-year-old hiker, the National Park Service said.
A man died after his car plunged 600 feet off the edge of the Grand Canyon's South Rim, authorities said Tuesday.
The government is delaying legal action against Pennsylvania landowners who haven't yet agreed to sell their land for a memorial to victims of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, federal officials said Friday.
It's hardly a bailout, but the federal government is hoping that waiving fees at national parks will help boost local economies across the country.
A chain link fence now stands between Tim Lambert's land and the impact site of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed here on September 11, 2001. The property has been in Lambert's family for almost 80 years.
Thousands of visitors lined Constitution Avenue in Washington on Saturday morning for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.
Fatalities have been reported after a tour bus overturned near the Hoover Dam in Arizona.
A look back and a sneak peak at a key site in civil rights history.
A trip through sweltering Alabama to experience some of the civil rights movement's most important sites brought history books to life for my family and me.
"A moose!" exclaimed my 10-year-old son Matt, "A real moose!"
About half a million people are expected Friday on the National Mall in Washington for the nation's birthday celebration, but they may be shocked at what they see.
National Mall or national disgrace? CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports on the state of America's most famous front yard.
Critics fear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will adopt a rule in the waning days of the Bush administration that will make it easier to build coal-fired power plants near national parks
I'm at the Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, the biggest gun store in northern Virginia. I'm looking at a holster on the hip of Arsenal's John Summer in which a black .22-caliber pistol sits snugly.
The development of a Revolution Center in Valley Forge National Historical Park provokes vigorous opposition from preservationists and local residents
More than half of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd has died since last fall, forcing the government to suspend its annual slaughter program.
Yellowstone officials face fierce criticism for slaughtering bison to prevent the spread of disease.
Like many Vermonters, Deborah Lisi-Baker enjoys the outdoors. "I've always loved the wilderness and the woods. It's very serene. It clears your head just to get to appreciate all the sounds and colors and shapes."
Rescuers brought in heat-sensing equipment Monday for a nighttime search for a 12-year-old Boy Scout who has been missing for two days in the North Carolina mountains, a National Park Service ranger said.
Firefighters battling a wildfire that has charred more than 24,000 acres northwest of Los Angeles have contained about two-thirds of the blaze and expect to have it fully under control Monday, according to fire officials.
Hotel rates are on the rise this summer according to a recent study by consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers. That's just another reason to skip the room service and polish up those tent poles.
A mallard and her nine ducklings -- a small tourist attraction nesting outside the U.S. Treasury building -- were moved Sunday to a nearby park.
This summer, one of the best things you can do with your kids is get them outside. Not sure where to take them? A few minutes surfing the Web before you hit the road can help.
One day after she was fired, former U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers accused the Bush administration Saturday of silencing dissenting views in the rank and file.
Whether it's because fireworks have lost their fizzle or beaches seem ho-hum, some travelers are turning to Revolutionary War-era sites to celebrate America's birthday and savor a unique summer vacation.
A highlight of the Memorial Day weekend will be Saturday's dedication of the National World War II Memorial, which caps the 16-year effort to honor the spirit and sacrifice of America's involvement in World War II.
This summer, instead of elbowing for room around Old Faithful or vying for a picnic table with a Grand Canyon view, consider packing up the family and pointing the car toward some of America's lesser-known national parks.
On the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, investigators found "persistent and severe" security deficiencies throughout the National Mall, a report concludes.
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