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. You can 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!
Fort Pulaski National Monument,
The Confederate Nog party of 1861, gave the Confederate garrison at Fort Pulaski a respite from the tension of impending battle. The fort shares a taste of this festive occasion with hot cider and cookies, music, caroling, and night-time weapons firings. Night-time tours of the historic fort by candlelight and oil lamps add to the festivities. Advance reservations required.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park,
Turn the clock back to Christmas in the year 1901 at the annual Old Time Maritime Christmas. Meet the costumed Living History players who bring maritime history to life in this unique holiday program. Reservations required.
Yosemite National Park,
Bring your binoculars, grab a field guide, and plan to be outside all day, from around dawn to dusk for this birding celebration. You'll want to bring a lunch, plenty of warm clothes and sturdy shoes to take part in this full-day event. Advance registration required.
November 29-December 31
William Howard Taft National Historic Site,
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas with free events at the house where America's 27th president was born and grew up. Traditional candlight tours take place on December 13 and 20. On Saturday December 14, kids can learn about the traditions of Christmas, meet Father Christmas, and make holiday crafts to take home. Celebrations culminate on December 31 at the the annual New Year's Open House.