The contest is now over and the winner is…Zane P. Congratulations, Zane! And thanks to all of you who entered. Better luck next time! I’ll be announcing the next contest soon, so you may want to sign up for my free weekly newsletter. This way you’ll always know about freebies, new book releases, ghost news, my trip pick of the week, and much more, including the latest episodes of Terrance Talks Travel show and A Writer’s Journey: From Blank Page to Published show.
In addition to winning a one-year National Parks Pass, the winning entry also receives an autographed copy of my latest book, Spookiest Battlefields: Discover America’s Most Haunted Battlefields. Hot off the press! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, which was the biggest and bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. Hundreds of thousands died during this four-year war. According to many witnesses, many of these spirits still linger at these former battlefields.
Our first national park was Yellowstone, which was established in 1872. Approximately 275 million people visit our national parks annually, which encompass 84 million acres in 392 areas. I hope that you’ll get a chance to visit one or two of these parks during your summer vacation. They are national treasures. To find a park or buy a park pass go to www.nps.gov/findapark
Here are five things you need to know before you go…
1. Get a National Parks Pass to save big $$$.
2. Make sure you pay attention to pet regulations. In most parks, pets must be leashed and never left unattended (outdoors or in a vehicle). Pets are not permitted indoors or on some trails or areas.
3. Bring the right gear. Don’t wear cotton clothing and make sure you have what you need or can rent it, such as a canoe or grill.
4. Make reservations if you’re planning to stay at a park lodge or campsite.
5. Stay up to date with weather alerts, especially if you’ll be hiking or camping.
Top 5 pet-friendly parks:
1. Acadia (Maine)
2. Shenandoah (Virginia)
3. Grand Canyon (Arizona)
4. Great Sand Dunes (Colorado)
5. Cuyahoga Valley (Ohio)
Top 5 Favorite Parks for People:
1. Denali (Alaska)
2. Yosemite (California)
3. Acadia (Maine)
4. Yellowstone (Wyoming)
5. Grand Canyon (Arizona)
Learn about Old Green Eyes of Chickamauga, Shiloh’s Drummer Boy Ghost, a strange blue light that appears at Antietam, the Phantom Rider at Brandywine, a mysterious fog at Richmond Battlefield, and much more! Visitor information, such as the best times to go and all tour options, are revealed.