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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!

Dark Sky Festival
August 1-3
Lassen Volcanic National Park,

Join the rangers, astronomers, and planetary geologists who will celebrate all that is out of this world. Stargazers get added value with special programs, presentations, hikes, and Junior Ranger Night Explorer activities.

Rendezvous and Powwow
August 8-10
Grand Portage National Monument,

Relive the experience of the annual fur trade rendezvous of the late 1700s and early 1800s, hosted in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Powwow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Music, dancing, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting weekend for all!

Shenandoah Valley Sesquicentennial Events
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.

Celebration of Art
September 13, 2014-January 20, 2015
Grand Canyon National Park,

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art includes six days of art-related events followed by a three- month-long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim.



These lands are your lands The Statue of Liberty Zion National Park Denali National Park and Preserve Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC Great Smoky Mountains National Park Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Redwoods National and State Parks Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site New River Gorge National River Virgin Islands National Park Hawaii Volcanoes National Park