Fifty-four million people visited the national parks around Washington in 2018 and they spent nearly $1.1 billion doing so, according to a new National Park Service report. As a result, close to 15,000 jobs were created and the region saw a $1.58 billion economic boon.
After 1,095 days and more than 75,000 miles on the road, Mikah Meyer is home, having fulfilled his dream of visiting all 419 US national parks in a single, grueling journey.
“This should be a no-brainer,” said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., of the Restore Our Parks Act. It’s aimed at addressing a maintenance backlog at hundreds of national parks that’s estimated at close to $12 billion. The needs in Virginia alone are estimated to be more than $1 billion.
With a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a group of Virginia Tech researchers hope to harness the power of unmanned aerial robots, or drones, to assist human searchers.
The National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C. will resume normal operations Sunday, The National Park Service announced Saturday. The National Zoo will reopen on Tuesday, along with other Smithsonian museums affected by the partial government shutdown.
Nonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours in a battle to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers. See photos.
The 10th day of the partial federal government shutdown, which has forced furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal government employees, has left many parks without most of the rangers and others who staff campgrounds and otherwise keep parks running.
Tourists trekking to parks and historic sites across the U.S. on Saturday are seeing a mix of impacts from the federal government’s second shutdown in less than a year. Here’s what’s open and closed across the country.
The figures represent a dramatic escalation in the immigration enforcement role played by the Interior Department, a federal agency better known for protecting the nation’s historic monuments and wildlife refuges.
Freelance photographer Matt Dippel doesn’t shoot weddings, or engagement photos, but he took a beauty during a recent trip through Yosemite National Park — and the happy couple doesn’t even know it.
The National Park Service is considering making changes that could affect future speeches, as well as special events on the grounds of the nation’s monuments and parks.
The National Park Service has released its first-ever report on how the impact of sea level rise and flooding from storms could impact national parks around the country. The new report released Friday found that parks in Washington, D.C., face the highest sea level rise by 2100.
There’s a national drive to get “Every Kid in a Park,” and on Tuesday that included taking 70 D.C. fourth-graders outside to paddle on the Potomac River. See photos and video.
WTOP helps you find the best freebies, deals and events for the upcoming national holiday.
To many (if not most) of the millions of visitors, the most exciting part of a taking trip to a national park is the chance to see the wild animals.
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