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!
New River Gorge National River,
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.
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area,
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.
Rock Creek Park,
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.
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.