Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Secretary Salazar to Host Travel & Tourism Town Hall at San Diego Zoo
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Tomorrow afternoon, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will host a travel and tourism town hall at the San Diego Zoo to highlight California as a top tourist destination for outdoor recreation in the West. Home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, the San Diego zoo welcomes 3.5 million visitors each year. Combined with the 35 million visitors to California's national park sites in 2011, the state has plenty of attractions and activities to offer tourists who are planning their next vacation.
The travel and tourism town hall comes as part of the Obama administration's initiative – launched in January to create a new national tourism strategy focused on creating jobs by becoming even more welcoming to guests from here at home and from all over the globe. As part of this initiative, Secretary Salazar and Secretary of Commerce John Bryson are working to develop recommendations for a National Travel and Tourism Strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.
Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Susan Davis, U.S. Congresswoman
Rick Gulley, President, San Diego Zoo Global
Travel & Tourism Media Availability
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92112-0551 *meet-up location for media will be at the Zoo's Warner building
Media interested in attending, please RSVP to the San Diego Zoo at 619-685-3291.