National Park Week is about to begin! The dates this year are April 20-28, 2019, with special programs and events scheduled across the nation.
The big highlight is Saturday, April 20, when admission fees are waived at all 419 National Park Service units! That’s right: you get in free at any national park, monument, battlefield, seashore, or other site managed by the U.S. National Park Service.
Of the 61 national parks, I’ve been to 27 so far–and it’ll be 28 tomorrow when we arrive at Big Bend National Park! Caspian has been to 34 total units in his two years of life. ? What about you?
We would love for you to share your favorite NPS story or memory in a comment. To start the conversation, here’s our map of 43 National Park Service units we’ve featured on our blog during our 5+ years of full-time travel.
Click on any marker to see the year(s) we visited, plus a link to our informational articles. (There’s a text list of the NPS units we’ve shared on our blog below, if you’d rather see it that way.)
When I first had the idea for this article, I imagined featuring each unit with a picture and paragraph about our experience there. But when I started going through our blog, I was stunned to realize how much ground we’ve covered in five years.
Long-time travelers know that it all starts to blur together after awhile. Listing each of these places, which belong to me as a United States citizen, I’m beyond humbled. I’m emotional.
I do remember being there. I remember visiting the most little-known, off-the-beaten-path, nobody-knows-about-this-place unit, and understanding why it matters to the American people.
So get out there and “find your park” this National Park Week! You won’t regret it.
National Park Service Units We’ve Blogged About
- Bryce Canyon
- Capitol Reef
- Crater Lake
- Death Valley
- Grand Canyon
- Grand Teton
- Great Sand Dunes
- Great Smoky Mountains
- Hot Springs
- Kings Canyon
- Lassen Volcanic
- Mammoth Cave
- Theodore Roosevelt
- Wind Cave
- Agate Fossil Beds
- Castillo de San Marcos
- Jewel Cave
- Scotts Bluff
- Sunset Crater Volcano
- Tule Springs Fossil Beds
- White Sands
National Historical Parks
National Historic Sites
National Recreation Areas
Featured on Winnebago GoLife Blog
What else is going on? My first Winnebago GoLife article just published, and there’s a tie-in for National Park Week! I share how RV travel stimulates growth in children, and our public lands play a large role. I’d love for you to read and let me know what you think!
Featured on GHT Overland Podcast
In other news, our interview on GHT Overland Podcast aired today! While it centers on our overland travels (which we share on hourlesslife.com), those with wanderlust will probably find it interesting! Give a listen and look for the second part of the interview next week.