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!
June 2, July 1, July 31
White Sands National Monument,
Enjoy the shimmering dunes beneath a full moon! Music fills the air during these summer concerts. Friends and families are most welcome ate these free monthly programs.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways,
The picking of banjos, the clanking of a hammer striking an anvil, the stomping of feet, and the neighing of a horse are just some of the sights and sounds visitors can encounter at this day-long celebration of traditional Ozark lifeways.
Grand Canyon National Park,
Astronomers from across the country will share their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing. Explore the night sky on the South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix.
Now through October
Dinosaur National Monument,
Join in the celebrations as the park, partners, and friends host special events to mark the 100th anniversary of the monument's establishment. Each month highlights a different theme or topic.