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photo of the 2014 annual pass shows a young girl in a tent looking at mountains

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
John Muir

Set your sights for remarkable park adventures

When vacation time calls, look to the national parks for some of the most satisfying and least costly alternatives. Open year round, national parks offer activities across the country. For outdoor adventure or indoor discovery—try a venture into the national parks.

There are more than 400 national parks to choose from so if you need a little help picking one, you're at the right place. Travel Tips can get you started. Park Lodging will help you find a place to sleep.

You can Find a Park to search for events and activities (see the Plan Your Visit section for each park), participate in one of the many institutes and field schools or save some money and come on one of the days we waive entrance fees.  Browse our weekly getaway series for inspiration. You can even volunteer to help us take care of the national parks while you're here.

There's an adventure out there for everyone—plan yours soon!

Star Party
February 21 and March 20
Big Cypress National Preserve,

Join in on an evening of dark sky education and celebration! View one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States this winter and attend ranger-led astronomy programs.

Quarter Launch Event and Coin Exchange
February 10
Homestead National Monument of America,

Celebrate the monumental release of the Homestead quarter, one of 56 coins in the America the Beautiful Quarter Program by the U.S. Mint. The series, begun in 2010, features designs depicting national parks and other national sites from each state and territory.

Maple Sugar Time
March 7-8, March 14-15, 10 am - 4 pm
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,

Come and experience the sweet sights, sounds, and smells of the sugarbush during one of the most popular seasons at the national lakeshore's historic Chellberg Farm.

Locomotive Shop Tour
Daily through February, 10:30 am and 2:00 pm
Steamtown National Historic Site,

Walk through the historic locomotive shop of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad to see the huge behind-the-scenes system that was necessary for safe, efficient railroad operations. Check in at the visitor center before each 45-minute tour starts; schedules can change without notice.



These lands are your lands The Statue of Liberty Zion National Park Denali National Park and Preserve Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC Great Smoky Mountains National Park Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Redwoods National and State Parks Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site New River Gorge National River Virgin Islands National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park