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!
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.
The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute are partnering to host the fifth annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week. Paleontologists and park rangers across the nation will take part in events that share fossil discoveries and explain the importance of preserving fossils where they are found. Join in the discovery!
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.
Now through September 2015
Rocky Mountain National Park,
The year-long celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary is happening now. You can help celebrate! With a full year's worth of fun and noteworthy events throughout the park and surrounding communities, you won't want to miss out.