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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
National Parks and the Economy of Their “Gateway Towns”
"Nowhere is our nation’s natural beauty on more vivid display than in its more than 400national parks. Maintained by theNational Park Servicefor exactly one century this summer, these venues have long been popular destinations for summer vacations and weekend getaways.
The term “National Park” immediately conjures up images of some of their most famous landmarks, such as “Old Faithful” in Yellowstone, “Half Dome” in Yosemite and the waves crashing into the rocky shores of Acadia, but national parks also include places where American history was written and that preserve the unique culture of our nation. For many visitors, their first stops are the “gateway communities” that serve national parks. Located not far from the parks’ entrances, these towns are critical to tourists for lodging, food and “gassing up.”..." National Parks and the Economy of Their “Gateway Towns”