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Ken Burns’s National Parks: Insider Escapes in Grand Teton, Great Smoky Mountains

Grand and great: these superlatives describe our wildest, most spectacular landscapes, as well as the forward-thinking Americans who thought to protect them. Wednesday night (September 30), Episode 4 of Ken Burns’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea told the founding stories of Grand Teton and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Grand Teton was the brainchild…

Ken Burns’s National Parks: The Grand Canyon and the Empire of Grandeur

For as long as most of us can remember, the Grand Canyon has been a protected natural wonder we can traverse without worrying about some manmade intrusion blocking our view. But someone had to fight for the protection of the splendors that millions of people view every year. Last night’s edition of Ken Burns’s National…

Ken Burns’s National Parks: Insider Escapes in Yellowstone, Yosemite

If you've been watching Ken Burns's The National Parks: America's Best Idea series this week on PBS, you've probably already started dreaming of your next escape. The first episode, which aired on Sunday night, captured the grandeur of Yosemite and Yellowstone enough to make anyone want to find their inner John Muir and head out West. …

Ken Burns’s New National Parks TV Series Begins This Weekend

“If you love the outdoors and American history, you simply have to watch it,” to quote a review by editor in chief John Rasmus after the premiere of The National Parks at Mountainfilm in Telluride last summer. Award-winning director Ken Burns spent a decade in the parks, capturing 800 hours of jaw-dropping footage and interviewing scores of…

Ken Burns’ The National Parks – American History Told Through Our Unique Natural Heritage

Text by John Rasmus. See a Mountainfilm photo gallery >> Here at ADVENTURE, we're big fans of the national parks (we do a cover feature on them every year). We're also big fans of the definitive, iconic documentaries of Ken Burns (The Civil War and Jazz are two favorites). Knowing that Burns had just completed…

Mountainfilm in Telluride (May 22-25): Ken Burns, Nicholas Kristof, Richard Holbrooke, More

What is Mountainfilm? from Mountainfilm in Telluride Text by Keith Rutowski The 31st annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, will take place on May 22-25. What began as an event for mountain climbers to watch movies about mountains has since evolved into a four-day tour de force of documentaries, gallery exhibits, and high-profile lectures evaluating…