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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!

234rd Anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens
January 17-18
Cowpens National Battlefield,
South Carolina

Take part in the 234rd anniversary celebration of the 1781 battle that proved to be a turning point of the Revolutionary war in the South and part of a chain of events leading to Patriot victory at Yorktown. Events includes an 18th century military and civilian encampment, weapons firing demonstrations, and author lectures.

Star Party
January 23, 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.

Frost Faire
January 24
Saratoga National Historical Park,
New York

Snow, or no snow…come enjoy the 20th annual Frost Faire. If there's snow, bring your snow tube or plastic sled for spectacular rides on the "Big Hill." If there's no snow, you can still enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, a noon-time scavenger hunt, crafts, games, dancing, plus hot chocolate and cookies by the bonfire.

Lantern Tours
January 10, January 24, February 14, February 28
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site,
Oregon, Washington

Experience live theater at Fort Vancouver by candle-lit lanterns. Peek into the past with vignettes by costumed interpreters and learn about your urban national park then and now. Reservations required.



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