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Janice Abrew

Outdoor Recreation as a tourism trend is one of the growing sectors of travel and tourism. There has been an increase in popularity for outdoor activities and therefore an increase in marketing efforts geared toward this trend. Recreational activities enjoyed by tourists include visiting national parks, camping, eco-tourism and outdoor sports, among other things.

Most National Parks today have Web sites that provide Internet visitors with a complete overview of what their parks have to offer. Yosemite National Park, one of the oldest national parks in the U.S., has Yosemite.com. This Web site is a very detailed site for tourists looking to plan a vacation from the comfort of their own home. It includes lodging, camping, hiking, dining and other information important to visitors. It also has an advisory section which includes up-to-date information on the weather and other news going on in the area.

Another way to showcase tourism activities in the parks is through compilation Web sites listing a group of related parks. SWParks.com, for example, is a Web site which focuses on National Parks in the Southwestern part of the United States. They include beautiful pictures of a number of parks. This Web site helps in the planning of a vacation since it offers information on a number of parks one can visit.




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