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Parks & Travel Magazine - Fall 2017Welcome to NationalParkTraveling.com

NationalParkTraveling.com is Big Blend’s park and travel planning resource website, featuring information on the various parks and public lands across America and around the world. To help you plan your next park destination, this site and its digital publication, Parks & Travel Magazine (formerly Spirit of America Magazine), feature Big Blend Radio interviews, videos, articles and event news covering parks, their gateway communities and public lands. NationalParkTraveling.com also features regional resource guides and directories promoting lodging and dining establishments, attractions and activities, shops and services, events and visitor information centers, books and gear.


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The Big Blend Mission: Big Blend is a company based on the belief that education is the most formidable weapon that can be waged against fear, ignorance and prejudice. It is our belief that education starts at home and branches outward. Education leads to travel, and travel leads to understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of cultures and customs different to our own, and ultimately to world peace. Our company is further based on the principle that networking, communication, and helping others to promote and market themselves leads to financial stability; thus paving the way to better education, travel, and the spirit of giving back to the community.


Since 1997, Big Blend has produced, published and distributed quality, engaging content in multimedia platforms, successfully educating and entertaining a regional, national and international audience of over 3 million. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Big Blend produces online radio shows, podcasts, and videos, as well as two quarterly digital interactive magazines. From radio shows and videos to magazine editorial and event features, Big Blend effectively specializes in promoting communities and destinations, festivals and events, small businesses and non-profits, and creative professionals. Learn more about Big Blend Radio and Big Blend’s variety publication Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, at www.BlendRadioandTV.com.     

Ambassadors of Excellence: Nancy & Lisa are ambassadors for the “8 Keys of Excellence Character Education Program” that embraces the challenge of bringing excellence to 50 million children and young adults. This free program builds excellence in communities by guiding young people and families, toward a positive future full of confidence, motivation, creativity, team work, leadership and valuable life principles. As ambassadors, they not only collect and share ‘Stories of Excellence’ from their travels and through Big Blend Radio shows, they also implement the 8 Keys of Excellence in their ‘Smart Partnering for Tourism Success’ seminars.



Nancy J. Reid & Lisa D. SmithABOUT THE PUBLISHERS: NationalParkTraveling, along with  Parks & Travel Magazine (formerly Spirit of America Magazine), is published by responsible tourism advocates Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, Big Blend’s mother-daughter travel, radio and publishing team, who through their Big Blend Spirit of America Tour, are committed to visiting and documenting all 417+ US National Park units and showcasing what their gateway communities have to offer. Together, Nancy and Lisa have over 50 combined years of experience in travel, tourism and hospitality, sales and marketing, publishing and media.




“Our goal is to promote the full funding and protection of our National Parks and other public lands and programs, and to further sustainable and responsible tourism as a viable industry to the park gateway communities.”    

Contact Lisa D. Smith for:

– Marketing Partnership inquiries

– Radio, Editorial or Video inquiries

– Media Visits on the Big Blend Spirit of America Tour

– Smart Partnering for Tourism Success Seminars

– 8 Keys of Excellence program for your community  

Call Lisa D. Smith at (520) 395-0728 or email Lisa Here. 

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