Need plans for the weekend, but still hurting from filing your taxes? There’s free nature to behold, courtesy of the National Park Service: to celebrate the agency’s 100th birthday, admission to all National Parks will be free between April 16 and April 24. [via the National Park Service]
Before you head to Yosemite or Yellowstone for your next trip, you might want to check the price of admission: the National Park Service is hiking entry fees at 130 locations in order to raise money it needs to fix trails, bridges, and buildings visitors use every day. In some cases, prices will double, or even triple.
The wait time to get customer support from the Internal Revenue Service is stretching on into infinity. The Transportation Security Administration agents at one particular airport checkpoint always seem to have it out for you. There’s one particular bathroom at Yellowstone National Park that is the best and everyone should know about it. Whatever your experience with U.S. government services, you can now review it on Yelp.
“Ansel Adams” Bill Wants To Make It (Extra) Legal To Take Photos In All Federal Spaces Open To The Public
UPDATE: Consumerist reader Bob, who tipped us off to the Ansel Adams bill in the first place, writes in to point out a bit of a glitch that could cause trouble already for the newborn bit of legislation.
Feds Searching For Graffiti Artist Vandalizing National Parks And Leaving An Instagram Handle Behind
The idea of leaving a place better than when you found it is a fine idea when it comes to things like tidying up a campground before you take off, but that does not mean painting graffiti all over our nation’s parks and wild places. But hey, leaving your Instagram handle on those paintings is a nice touch that should help out authorities when they come looking for you.
Earlier this month, California’s ban on foie gras kicked in, leaving fans of duck/goose liver wondering where they would get their next fix. Now one restaurant in San Francisco says it will sell foie gras because it isn’t beholden to California state laws.
Discarded plastic bottles account for around 30% of trash at the Grand Canyon, so in an effort to reduce the amount of waste left behind by the oodles of visitors, the park was all set to launch a ban on the sale of bottled water. But then, after the folks at Coca-Cola voiced their concerns, a top national park official decided to pull the plug on the program.
Have you been wanting to get out and see the beauty at a national park, but didn’t have the scratch to pay the entry fees? Then you’re in luck this weekend, because they’ve all opened up their doors and gates to all visitors — for free.