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photo of ranger at Colorado National Monument; text link reads: National Park Getaways - Learn More


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!

Full Moon Nights
June 2, July 1, July 31
White Sands National Monument,
New Mexico

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.

Heritage Day
June 13
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.

Star Party
June 13–20
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.

100th Anniversary Celebrations
Now through October
Dinosaur National Monument,
, Utah

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.



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