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photo of cowboy; links to National Park Week page; April 19-27, 2014 - Go Wild


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!

Wildflower Weekend
April 25-27
New River Gorge National River,
West Virginia

Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river at the Eleventh Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend. You'll find plenty of activities to engage and inspire.

Spring Planting Day Festival
April 26
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area,
Kentucky, Tennessee

This celebration of spring and traditional mountain ways honors the early families who settled the Big South Fork area. Crafters will demonstrate blacksmithing, basket making, hand spinning, weaving, woodcarving, chair caning, soap making, garden herb lore and use, and paling fence making. Displays of women's life, antique farm tools, and old-time toys are sure to delight young and old alike. Enjoy toe-tapping tunes of mountain dulcimer music, performed by the Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club.

International Migratory Bird Day Festival
May 11
Rock Creek Park,
Washington, DC

Get outdoors, learn about migratory birds, and participate in bird conservation. This all-day festival features guided bird walks, live raptor programs, children's activities, music and dance performances, a planetarium program focusing on bird constellations, healthy Latin American food, and more.

Catch the WAVE!
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site,

Experience first-hand the tradition of Hawaiian sailing. A sailing expert guides the ride on a double-hulled canoe, sharing interesting tidbits about Hawaiian sailing techniques, history and culture. Free tickets are available first-come-first-serve at the visitor center beginning at 8 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.



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