The National Park Service just celebrated 100 years of caring for America's treasures. We sure had fun visiting Shenandoah National Park for the first time last summer and even bought an annual pass to encourage us to explore even more.
This year, you have several opportunities to get out and explore over 400 National Parks, both natural and historical parks, for free on the following dates:
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20: Presidents' Day
April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
If you take kids, don't forget to ask about the Junior Ranger program at the visitor center so they can earn a cool badge or patch.
(Don't forget to thank rangers and staff for their role in providing an excellent experience.)