Big Blend’s National Park Travel Planner website is a great place to plan your next visit to a National Park destination. This site, along with Parks & Travel Magazine, is published by Nancy J. Reid and Lisa D. Smith, a mother/daughter travel, radio and publishing team, who through their Big Blend Love Your Parks Tour, are committed to visiting and documenting all 417+ US National Park Units and showcasing what their gateway communities have to offer. 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.

PARKS & TRAVEL MAGAZINE: Aug/Sept 2018 – This issue takes you on a global journey from Vancouver Island to India, Ireland and the Wales Coast Path. It explores America from Washington to California, Nevada to Arizona, Northwest Colorado and out to historic Louisiana, Kentucky and Connecticut. Other highlights include visual art and music, family history and genealogy, RV travel and road trips, responsible tourism and hospitality, and park travel news, interviews and travel planning guides.


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Exploring Eastern Canada – How family history research led to exploring Canada’s National Parks and historic cities.

Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama – The story behind the 360 degree painting by pioneering artists Henri and Paul Philippoteaux.

Nature Photographer Insider – Fine art photographer Margot Carrera is known for capturing landscape scenery, flowers and wildlife.

Dazzling Detroit – The Motor City has a fresh new look and it’s making headlines as America’s great comeback kid.

Chief Joseph Trail Ride – Following the route Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce took while attempting to escape the US Cavalry in 1877.