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America's Best National Parks - Forbes.com

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Tough times are helping Americans rediscover our local natural treasures.

 

The bad economy has forced many Americans to become creative when planning their yearly vacation. While Americans are struggling to find extra money to help pay for their time away from home, they are also struggling with determining places they can go to, with the little money they have. As a result, America’s forgotten national parks, like Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon, have become a favorite vacation spot for many families across the country. Often times, people tend to forget the beauty that lies in the heart of their own country. These beautiful parks are commonly overlooked and are often unvisited by many.  While prices are going up along with the unemployment rate, people are choosing to discover America’s own natural wonder, instead of looking internationally. A survey was conducted by TripAdvisor.com and it discovered that 73% of American’s are planning to travel to a national park for their yearly vacation this year.

 

According to the International Air Traffic Association, air travel is down by 9.3% from last year. The National Park Service has found many ways to attract more visitors this year, one of which includes three weekends with no entrance charge. In addition to fee-free weekends, travelers can also find other deals which may include free tours and discounted hotel rates. Forbes recently asked a few traveling experts to list their favorite national parks. Below is a few that they listed as a favorite:

Zion National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park Denali National Park Acadia National Park Grand Canyon

 

National Parks are often times looked over by many American’s. We often try and think of the beautiful places outside the country and all the things we would like to see, and forget about all the natural wonder that we have right here in America. Not only do you not have to pay air-fare but entrance to most national parks is extremely cheap compared to other places you would visit internationally. The National Park Service has done extremely well with establishing a great reputation amongst Americans. National Parks often have the reputation of being kid friendly and with all the new deals associated with visiting a national park, it’s no wonder they have quickly become a popular destination for summer travelers. While the economy is still down, I believe we will continue to see a rise in the number of people visiting America’s national park, especially if they keep promoting with awesome deals!

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4 more cases of hantavirus confirmed among Yosemite visitors - CNN.com

4 more cases of hantavirus confirmed among Yosemite visitors - CNN.com | Traveling With PR Sunglasses | Scoop.it
Around 1,700 people who visited Yosemite National Park from mid-June to August are being advised to seek medical attention if they exhibit hantavirus symptoms.

 

A total of six people have been infected with the hantavirus while staying in the Curry Village at Yosemite National Park during the months of June and July. Two of the people that have been infected have died. The hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare lung disease that can often times be deadly. The hantavirus is commonly found in deer mice, white-footed mice, cotton rats, and rice rats, all of which are commonly attracted to areas with food. While having bugs and animals come around while camping is no surprise, being infected with a deadly virus is certainly not expected.

 

The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge at Yosemite National Park was evaluated by the health department in September of 2010 to determine the presence of hantavirus activity. The health department determined the lodge was at “high risk” for the presence of the hantavirus. CNN was unable to confirm if any action was taken by the park to adress the issue. However, it was confrimed that the lodge is not in the same area as Curry Village, where the hantavirus was recently contracted.

 

In response to the number of people being infected with the virus,Yosemite National Park sent over 1,700 letters to people that had visited the park this summer. The letter stated how the hantavirus was uncovered in a number of visitors, and how the visitors should seek medical attention if symptoms arised. Symptoms often include fever, faitgue, and muscle aches and usually appear one to six weeks after being expposed to the virus. Yosemite National Park has also closed Curry Village indefinitely, to reduce the risk of more vistors becoming infected.

 

While, Yosemite National Park, is making every effort to inform the most recent visitors of the illness, I believe that Yosemite could have done a lot more to prevent such a risk. Yosemite should have had a greater concern for the health of their visitors, and took action back in 2010 to lessen hantavirus activity. Once they knew that they were at “high risk” for such a serious infection, the national park should have taken every step possible to ensure the rest of the park was free of such harmful activity.

 

I believe, Yosemite National Park will see a decrease in the number of visitors because of the health risk and their lack of action in previous years. People expect bugs and animals while camping, but they certaintly don’t expect to die because of something they contracted while camping. While it’s imposssible to get rid of all the mice and rats in Yosemite National Park, every action should be taken to decrease their presence in the park. This case, should also be a reminder of the health concerns that come with food and camping and the actions that campers should take to help lessen their chances of contracting such a horrible disease. 

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