Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Secretary Salazar to Host Travel & Tourism Town Hall at San Diego Zoo
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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.