View of the Manu'a Islands with the volcanic islands of Ofu and Olosega (background), and Ta'u (foreground). Image, NPS, public domain

A Guide to the Geography of U.S. National Parks

Caitlin Dempsey

Find out the answers to geography trivia questions and more in this article about the geography of U.S. National Parks.

The Milky Way above Lost Canyon in The Needles district, Canyonlands National Park. Photo: NPS/Emily Ogden.

Where to View the Milky Way in the United States

Julian Marks

Wilderness areas and national parks, particularly in the western half of the United States, are excellent places to observe the night sky.

Map showing the location of Niue. Map: Equal Earth Wall Map, public domain.

Niue Designated the First Dark Sky Nation

Elizabeth Borneman

The Pacific island nation of Niue has made history as the first designated dark sky nation on Earth.

Most Tourists Don’t Stray Far From the Road When Taking Photos in National Parks

Caitlin Dempsey

Cartography students mapped out 800,000 geotagged photos posted to Flickr to analyze how far those pictures were taken from a road.

African elephant, Madikwe Game Reserve. Photo: flowcomm, CC BY 2.0

Are Safaris the Best Answer for Elephant Conservation?

Geo Contributor

Tourism can be a great conservation tool as long as it is monitored closely.

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