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National park tips: This desert is getting a lot of love

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Fake U.S. embassy operated in Ghana for a decade, issued bogus visas

Before there were fake news stories, there was a fake U.S. embassy in Accra, the capital of Ghana. It opened three times a week, flew a U.S. flag, had a picture of President Obama on the wall and issued bogus visas for $6,000, according to a U.S. State Department report.

It operated for 10 years but was shut down last summer after an investigation by the real U.S. Embassy and Ghanaian police.

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Washington Monument to remain closed until 2019 for elevator repairs

If you want a bird’s-eye view of the nation’s capital from atop the Washington Monument, you’ll have to wait awhile.

Repairs to the elevator that takes tourists to the observation deck at 500 feet in elevation will keep the landmark closed until 2019, the National Park Service announced Friday.

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National park tips: This desert is getting a lot of love

It’ll take a little doing to find your way to solitude in Joshua Tree National Park these days.

Park attendance hit 2 million for the first time in 2015, a nearly 500,000 increase from the year before.  And the first nine months of 2016 were another 21% ahead of 2015.

Whether you have it to yourself or not, Hidden Valley is a haven worth seeking out. It has tent-camping, hiking, climbing and scrambling.

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National park tips: Death Valley's castle is closed, but the inn will soon be open longer

Someday, when they get it open again, you’ll want to take a tour of Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park. In the meantime, big things are planned at Furnace Creek. 

First, about Scotty’s. The castle was hit in late 2015 by the most severe flooding since it was built in the 1920s.

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National park tips: Greet dawn on these dunes

Get to sunrise at Death Valley National Park’s Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Failing that, sunset.

These dunes, about two miles east of the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel, aren't the tallest dunes in the park, but they're the easiest to reach from Furnace Creek, the park’s most popular overnight spot.

The highest dunes are about two miles' hike directly north of the parking lot.

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National park tips: This California valley gets you lower than the Grand Canyon

When you make that road trip to Death Valley National Park, don’t just drive to Badwater, which is famed for being the lowest point in North America.

Try to get there at sunrise or sunset, when the dramatic light all but transforms the landscape into a sci-fi set. Then hike a few hundred yards out onto the salty flats, then look up at the east canyon wall for the white sign about 282 feet above you.

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