* HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, NATIONAL PARKS! On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service to protect and maintain sites of natural and historical significance. It was one of the smartest moves we ever made as a country, ensuring the longevity of the places that make America, well, America—from majestic mountain ranges and wide open spaces to deserts, wetlands, caverns, and everything in between.
To celebrate 100 years of national parks, we here at Frommer's are paying tribute to old standbys like Yellowstone and Yosemite, heralding overlooked gems, and picking our favorites in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. To help with trip planning, we've got recommendations for national park lodges, a roundup of parks ideal for kids, and a handy list of dates when you can get into the parks for free.
* JOHNNY CASH'S TENNESSEE RANCH MADE INTO MUSEUM (Smithsonian). Fans of the Man in Black have another pilgrimage site to add to the itinerary.
* WORLD'S LONGEST AND HIGHEST GLASS-BOTTOMED BRIDGE OPENS IN CHINA (The Guardian). Having just recently become the site of a terrifying cliffside glass walkway, China's Zhangjiajie mountains are now also home to the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge.
???? This glass-bottom bridge is a heart stopping 300 meters high. It's the highest and longest glass bridge opened over China's #Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. #China just added a bunch of new claims to its planet-beating achievements -- this time its the world's sweatiest palms, the trembliest knees and the most-flipped stomachs. Oh yes -- and the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge. Thousands of visitors have been steeling themselves to walk across the newly opened structure that spans the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan Province. The six-meter wide bridge stretches 430 meters over a 300-meter-deep valley between two cliffs in the beautiful Zhangjiajie Park, said to have inspired the scenery for the sci-fi movie "Avatar."
A video posted by CNN (@cnn) on Aug 22, 2016 at 8:42am PDT
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