Series: Tourism Stories

The National Park Service (NPS) has a long history of working in collaboration with the travel and tourism sector to manage responsible tourism that supports conservation and facilitates enjoyment of public lands. These stories are one of a series profiling success stories and case studies of NPS-tourism sector collaboration

  • Article 1: National Park Service Partners With Southeast Tourism Society

    Ranger speaks with an audience at a scenic overlook

    The National Park Service and the Southeast Tourism Society have solidified their partnership with the signing of a new general agreement, pledging to work together to manage tourism to parks, affiliated areas, and communities. Read more

  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail

    Article 2: Supporting Communities Along the Trail

    trail leading to a large rock with a flat top

    By investing in tourism development and promotion, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail creates economically stable and distinct communities that reflect the landscape during the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. Read more

  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Article 3: Welcoming Visitors to the Park and Communities

    racers leave start line at valley forge revolutionary 5 mile run

    Collaboration at the visitor center unites Valley Forge National Historic Park and the Valley Forge Convention and Tourism Board in providing high quality visitor services to all that visit the park. Tourists and locals alike are connected to the legacy of Valley Forge through event promotion and historical interpretation. Read more

  • Article 4: Tourism and Community Character

    historic homes, buildings, and trees reflecting in the river

    National Heritage Areas directly use tourism as a tool to restore and preserve the historic and cultural features across nationally important landscapes. Read more

  • Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park

    Article 5: A Model for Partnership

    aerial photo of fort sumter

    While parks work with local tourism offices to a variety of degrees, staff at Fort Sumter & Fort Moultrie NHP lean in to the relationship. Park staff collaborate with their local convention and visitors bureau to amplify public engagement and share the site's unique and pivotal role in U.S. history. Read more

  • Article 6: Volunteer Vacations in the National Parks

    A trail volunteer clearing foliage

    There are many opportunities for rewarding voluntourism experiences in the national parks. Read more