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Five Fun Activities To Get The Family Outdoors

Make this a summer to remember for the whole family with these five ways to bring everyone together while enjoying the warmer weather.

07/21/2014

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Visits to Md. National Parks Down Slightly

The National Park Service says 6.6 million people visited national parks in Maryland in 2013.

07/18/2014

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Explore The Best Campgrounds In America’s National Parks

If you’re planning a road trip to a new camping destination this summer, gas up. Here are a few of America’s best for you to explore.

06/30/2014

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Under-The-Radar National Parks

Vacationers might be interested in visiting one of these under-the-radar national parks to get away from the large crowds and heavy traffic in the most popular parks, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

04/29/2014

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National Parks in D.C. Area Called $929 Million Boon

The National Park Service says visitors to parks in and around the nation’s capital spent nearly $929 million in surrounding communities in 2012.

03/04/2014

Park Ranger Richard Trott posts a closed sign on the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The U.S. government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. (Photo by AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI)

Government Shutdown Cost National Parks At Least $414 Million

The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.

03/04/2014

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States Allowed to Use Own Money to Reopen National Parks

The Obama administration says it will allow states to use their own money to reopen some national parks that have been closed because of the government shutdown.

10/10/2013

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DC Mayor: Local Trash Collectors to Serve US Parks

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered the Department of Public Works to collect trash from national parks during the government shutdown.

10/04/2013

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House to Pass Bills to Reopen National Parks, Keep D.C. Government Open

House and Senate Democrats say they’ll reject a bid by Republicans to reopen portions of the government, including national parks and processing of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

10/01/2013

US National Park Service employee Neil Hewett places a closure sign at the White House Visitor Center in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013. The US government shut down Tuesday for the first time in 17 years after a gridlocked Congress failed to reach a federal budget deal amid bitter brinkmanship. Some 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed in a move reminiscent of two previous shutdowns -- for six days in November 1995 and 21 days from December that year into early 1996.  (Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Memorials Barricaded, National Mall Shutdown Expected to Take Days

The museums that draw millions of visitors to the National Mall closed their doors Tuesday, memorials were barricaded and trash will go uncollected in the nation’s most-visited national park due to the first government shutdown in 17 years.

10/01/2013

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