Happy National Park Week!! (April 16 to 24)

 

This is our country’s biggest celebration of its National Parks–a time to reflect on our incredible public lands heritage.

 

It’s also a great time to discover sights and scenery you’ve never experienced before–since ALL 411 park sites are FREE to enter this week. To find parks near you, or to simply review America’s staggering list of riches, go to: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

 

Like many administrations before him, President Barack Obama formally dedicated a week this spring to be National Park Week. In his proclamation, which waives entry fees to all the parks, he reminds Americans of the value of being outdoors, which can “stimulate thought and inspiration.” (The Obama administration–I was surprised to recently learn–has acted to protect more public lands and waters than any other President in history: more than 265 million acres!! That’s over 120 Yellowstones!)

 

Please join in this public parks party, which is partly made possible by the National Parks Foundation.

 

P.S. If you or your family is thinking this summer of visiting one of my most beloved places on Earth, Yellowstone, hopefully you’ve started planning! Check out this helpful article on where to sleep and snack in the park. Covering logistics early on saves you many hassles, especially when planning trips to our biggest parks. 

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