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!
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
Explore some of the Midwest's premier birding locations with the Indiana Audubon Society. This four-day festival includes an assortment of nature-related workshops, programs, and hikes. Take part in photography and wildflower workshops, discover ways to landscape lawns for birds and other wildlife, and get outdoors and on the trails.
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park,
This two-day event, hosted by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society, centers around a 24-hour inventory, in which teams of scientists, students, Hawaiian cultural practitioners, and volunteers of all ages work together to identify as many species as possible.
Morristown National Historical Park,
The Continental Army sets up camp at Jockey Hollow for this weekend retreat. Meet the soldiers and camp followers as they drill, prepare food, and talk about life in 1780. Re-enactors will demonstrate various Revolutionary War military tactics and maneuvers throughout the weekend. And here's great news ... all activities are free!
Carlsbad Caverns National Park,
Explore the colorful underground world with a ranger. Guided caving adventures take place every day; advance reservations highly recommended.