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Who Should Get a US National Park Pass and Why You Might Want to Hurry

A US National Park Pass covers entrance fees to over 2000 parks and recreation sites across the United States, allowing travelers money-saving access to some of America’s most beautiful public lands. If you plan to visit any National Parks and Federal Recreation Sites during the next year, you should consider purchasing a pass. For some lucky folks, that […]

View from Marys Rock north Shenandoah NP

Shenandoah National Park Day Trip Planner: Things to Do in the Central District

A Shenandoah National Park day trip makes a beautiful outing from Northern Virginia and Washington DC, whether you crave a leisurely scenic drive or an active hiking expedition. We’ve rounded up tips on what to do both in the park’s Central District and along the trip, perfect for an outing to Virginia’s dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains.   […]

US National Park Service 2017 Free Entrance Days

2017 Free Entrance Days at United States National Parks

2017 free entrance days offer an extra incentive to visit new and favorite United States National Parks, with no admission fees and special events to enjoy. The United States National Park Service establishes several fee-free days each year to encourage the public to visit, and there are 10 designated for 2017. This is fewer than the 2016 list, which was expanded to […]

National Park Service birthday sign

Celebrate the National Park Service Birthday Weekend 2016

Celebrate the National Park Service birthday weekend from August 25 to 28, 2016, with fee-free park entry and special events in the DC and Northern Virginia region. Visitors are invited to #FindYourPark and celebrate 100 years of stewardship throughout the centennial weekend at parks across the county.   Here is a sampling of National Park Service birthday weekend events in […]

Bridge over Quantico Creeek, Prince William Forest

2016 Entrance Fee-Free Days at United States National Parks

Every year, the United States National Park Service designates days on which park entrance and usage fees are waived to encourage the public to visit. 2016 Entrance Fee-Free Days are being expanded, with more days when fees are waived, more special events to enjoy, and more ways to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. […]

Thornton Gap Entrance sign Shenandoah

5 Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Shenandoah National Park

October is prime time for foliage viewing in Virginia, and the magic starts on Skyline Drive, due to its higher elevations. We usually make multiple visits to view the foliage in Shenandoah National Park during Autumn to make the most of changing colors and beautiful fall weather. Here are 5 fun ways to immerse yourself in panoramic foliage views. 1. Take in Autumn Foliage From Skyline Drive   […]

Fence and flowers Manassas

Fee-free Entrance for National Public Lands Day 2015

September 26th is National Public Lands Day 2015 (NPLD), when public sites welcome volunteers to help with projects at over 2,000 locations across the country. To encourage visitors further, Saturday is also one of the 2015 Entrance Fee-Free Day at U.S. National Parks. That means it’s the perfect time to visit local, state, and national parks throughout Northern Virginia—Great Falls Park, […]

Class at Huntley Meadows

Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day in Northern Virginia

The seventh annual National Kids to Parks Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2017 with special events at parks across the country. Sponsored by the National Parks Trust, the event encourages kids to appreciate nature and public lands, and to get outdoors with their families to enjoy a more active lifestyle. National and State parks will be hosting […]

Mather Gorge, Great Falls Park

5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week in Northern Virginia

National Park Week, from April 15 – 23 in 2017, is an annual spring celebration of all that our wonderful national parks have to offer. The National Park Service will offer free entrance to all national parks during both weekends of National Park Week. In addition, several days include themed activities, though activities and days for each theme […]