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!
March 28-April 12
National Mall and Memorial Parks,
District of Columbia
For more than 100 years, the cherry blossoms have made springtime magical in Washington, D.C. Rangers and volunteers provide a wide variety of engaging programs to help you learn, get active, and be immersed in the cherry blossoms.
April 11, April 18-20, April 25
Minute Man National Historical Park,
Each year in mid-April, thousands of people flock to historic Lexington and Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park to commemorate the openning battle of the American Revolutionary War. Parades, reenactments, and commemorative ceremonies are planned.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
Explore some of the Midwest's premier birding locations with the Indiana Audubon Society. This four-day festival includes an assortment of nature-related workshops, programs, and hikes. Take part in photography and wildflower workshops, discover ways to landscape lawns for birds and other wildlife, and get outdoors and on the trails.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through May 2
Joshua Tree National Park,
Explore the colorful story and numerous artifacts of this premier historical site. Tours are a half-mile in length and last 90 minutes. Advance reservations required.