15 Ways to See Multiple National Parks In Just 3 Days

15 Ways to See Multiple National Parks In Just 3 Days

Combining visits to well-known national parks with some lesser-known treasures, the National Park Foundation’s new “Road Trippin'” guide inspires people to find your park during a long weekend getaway with 15 different national park itineraries.

“Our guide details how it’s possible to enjoy a variety of national park experiences in just three days,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Through easy to follow, diverse itineraries, we hope to motivate more people to plan a national park trip of their own.”

Featuring natural, cultural, and historical parks, and a mix of interests and activity levels, the guide’s suggestions include:

  • Traveling through time in Idaho with visits to Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Minidoka National Historic Site, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve, and City of Rocks National Reserve
  • Re-tracing history from Tennessee to Mississippi with visits to Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh National Military Park, Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site, and Tupelo National Battlefield
  • Discovering spectacular stories of South Dakota with visits to Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, and Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
  • Connecting with the prairie, presidential moments, and more near Kansas City with visits to Fort Scott National Historic Site, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
  • Exploring wilderness and history near New York City with visits to Fire Island National Seashore, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, and Weir Farm National Historic Site

“Road Trippin'” is the tenth special edition in the National Park Foundation’s popular and FREE Owner’s Guide series. When visitors download their copy of the guide, they’ll also have access to other national park guides highlighting great places to stay, romantic destinations, adventures for kids of all ages, and more.

Visit www.nationalparks.org/roadtrippin to download a FREE copy of “Road Trippin'” today.

3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

3.2 Trillion Miles Driven On U.S. Roads In 2016

New estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage on public roads throughout the nation, and underscores the demands facing America’s roads and bridges, and reaffirms calls for greater investment in surface transportation infrastructure.

The new data, published in FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report – a monthly estimate of U.S. road travel – show that more than 263.6 billion miles were driven in December 2016 alone, which is a .5 percent increase over the previous December.

The December 2016 report also includes seasonally-adjusted data, which is conducted by USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics as a way to even out seasonal variation in travel and enable vehicle miles travelled (VMT) comparisons with any other month in any year. The seasonally-adjusted VMT for December 2016 were 269.3 billion miles. Compared with seasonally adjusted November 2016 data, December 2016 VMT fell slightly by .6 percent but rose 0.6 percent from December 2015. The estimates include passenger vehicle, bus and truck travel.

At 2.9 percent, traffic in the West – a 13-state region stretching from California to Montana, and including Hawaii and Alaska – led the nation with the largest percentage increase in unadjusted VMT, and continued an uninterrupted series of monthly increases that began in October 2013. Mileage fell slightly in the Northeast and North Central states.

At 33.9 billion VMT, California accounted for more miles driven in December 2016 than the combined 33.8 billion miles of 22 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C.

At 5.8 percent, Louisiana led the nation with the largest unadjusted single-state traffic percent increase compared to the same month a year earlier, followed by Utah at 5.2 percent and Nevada at 5.1 percent. At 6.2 percent, for the tenth month in a row, North Dakota led the nation with the largest unadjusted traffic decrease for the month.

Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

Memorial Day Travel Will Be Highest in 10 years Says AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their homes during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That number represents a 4.7 percent increase from the 35.5 million people who traveled last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday in 10 years.

AAA also predicts that 33 million Americans will travel by car to their destinations. The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 21, to Monday, May 25.

More AAA information from their report:

  • Most drivers will probably pay the lowest Memorial Day gas prices in at least five years. The current national average price of gas is $2.66, which is about $1 less than the average price on Memorial Day last year.
  • The 4.7 percent increase over Memorial Day 2014 is the highest forecast growth rate for any of the holidays tracked by AAA since Independence Day 2012.
  • More than 33 million travelers will go by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent over last Memorial Day.
  • Travelers will encounter higher lodging costs this year, while airfares are down slightly compared to Memorial Day 2014.

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