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!
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park,
A long-standing maritime tradition continues at Hyde Street Pier. A talented crew of local musicians and nationally-renowned performers promise lively entertainment as they share traditional music from around the world.
Now through Labor Day
Jewel Cave National Monument,
Join a ranger for a historic adventure into the third longest cave in the world. Visitors enter and leave the cave through the historic entrance using an unpaved trail. The only light is provided by lantern. This tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area,
Fun for all is on tap at this daylong celebration—filled with storytelling, craft demonstrations and workshops, afternoon storytelling presentations, and performances of dulcimer and bluegrass music. The day will culminate with the evening storytelling session.
Various dates through October 2014
Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park,
A series of engaging and enlightening programs are scheduled throughout the Shenandoah Valley to commemorate 150th Civil War anniversaries. Walk in history’s footsteps, at the actual battlefields and sites where pivotal events took place.