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This Weekend: Ken Burns' 'National Parks'

Burns' vaunted documentary finally debuts on PBS this Sunday

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Here at BACKPACKER, we’re usually big fans of getting out on the weekend (especially with the failing light and cold of an early fall nipping at our heels). But this Sunday, you’ve got a good reason to get back early and stay indoors: Ken Burns’ much-anticipated doc, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, finally debuts Sunday night on PBS (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Why should you watch? We’ll let Ken make the case himself:

Also, look for our blowouts on classic national parks (Smokies, Rocky, Yosemite, Grand Canyon), and keep an eye out for our National Parks Hall of Fame story, hitting newsstands and mailboxes the second week of October.

—Ted Alvarez