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An Atlantic Daydream at Acadia (by Mike Baker)

An Atlantic Daydream at Acadia (by Mike Baker)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Acadia National Park—originally named Lafayette National Park—America's 12th national park and the first east of the Mississippi River. The park's 420 million year-old location, Mount Desert Island, was first discovered by French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1604, whose description of its bare granite mountains stuck for centuries. Eventually, the island’s pristine beauty attracted the attention of the burgeoning wealthy elite of 19th Century New England, who built lavish summer homes amid its "fjard", moraine, and glacial erratic geology.  Two such elite were John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and George Dorr, whose love for the...

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Mixing it up in New Mexico (by Mike Baker)

Mixing it up in New Mexico (by Mike Baker)

New Mexico is truly the best of both worlds: rich in human and natural history, the southwestern state also enjoys its current status as one of the most popular destinations for tourism and retirement in the U.S. It's a perfect blend of old and new, high and low, cold and hot, spicy and mild, earth and sky. Whether you're visiting the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the north, the High Plains in the east, the Basin in the south, or the Colorado Plateau in the (north) west, the distinct sights and smells of New Mexico are everywhere: the smell of piñon wood burning in...

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Snow Day in... Sedona? (by Mike Baker)

Snow Day in... Sedona? (by Mike Baker)

A natural reaction to a polar vortex is to look south, think south, and dream south. There are fewer places to contemplate warmth and sunshine than Sedona in central Arizona. South of Flagstaff in an area renowned for its red rock formations, Sedona is named after the wife of the city's first postmaster—whose name is claimed to have been chosen by her mother because "it sounded pretty." Sedona’s natural beauty certainly reinforces the story, whether one believes it or not. Sedona's human history began with the Clovis culture but today is known as a center of spirituality and recreation —...

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Q&A With an ADG Superfan (Part 2!)

Q&A With an ADG Superfan (Part 2!)

Our customers and fans keep us constantly motivated & inspired. From traveling around the U.S. (and far corners of the world!) to weddings & reunions, we are honored and humbled to be a part of their spaces and special events. Recently, one of our customers, Kate Morton sent us photos of her wall featuring designs from our National Parks collection. We fell in love with Kate's Adventure Timeline and set up an interview to find out more about what inspired her and why she chose metal signs. What inspired you to create a travel wall? Traveling is one of my greatest passions, especially to National Parks! I love taking road...

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The 2019 State Parks Photo Contest

The 2019 State Parks Photo Contest

Thank you SO much for sharing your State Parks photos and memories with us! It is always a treat to see where our friends like to visit, explore, and unwind. Although we received many breathtaking photos, we chose three winners that especially inspired us to race to our desks and create a tribute poster in honor of that park. Below you will find the winning photos as well as a few of our favorite entries. Be sure to check the American National Monuments & Natural Wonders collection each month to see if your favorite state park gets poster-ized. Enjoy! Winners   Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)Photo by: JP Gisclair "The stop...

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