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Independence Day Hot Spots
Spotlight: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Historic Cabins
Overnight in a historic cabin built by early residents of the Kenai Peninsula
California Coastal National Monument Expansion
Breathtaking landscapes encompass the newly added shoreline of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit
Organ Mountains—Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico
Rugged rocky spires, volcanic cinder cones and expansive desert landscapes beckon the adventurer
Cape Cod Canal Celebrates Its Centennial
Celebrate 100 years of recreation and transportation with festivals, parades and fun.
Spotlight: Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains Wilderness
Experience Oklahoma’s wild, wild West
Spotlight: The 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944
Journey to the places and commemorate the events surrounding D-Day
Spotlight: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Take a three-hour tour on the Alma to experience the past and take in the views
Spotlight: The “Great Loop” — Where Boaters can Circumnavigate Eastern North America
“Loopers” travel 5,000 to 7,500 miles (8,047 to 12,070 km) depending on the route
Tips for Fire Safety in the Outdoors
Be aware, prepare and douse the flames!
Spotlight: Cabrillo National Monument
Catch sight of a whale, discover life in tidepools and celebrate five centuries of history-- just minutes from downtown San Diego!
Spotlight: Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
Tickets for popular ranger-led cave tours are available online.
Great Outdoors Month
Plenty to love about getting outside in June!
Spotlight: Yosemite National Park, California
Inspiring Generations for 150 Years: Yosemite Grant Act 1864-2014
Spotlight: Riverlands Audubon Center and National Great Rivers Museum, Illinois and Missouri
A special place for all bird watchers
Spotlight: Soo Locks on the St. Marys River, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Hard-working Soo Locks are a fascinating place to visit!
Spotlight: Bats — Heroes of the Night
Now is the perfect time to set aside superstition and myth to celebrate National Bat Week, October 26 – November 1, 2014.
Spotlight: Cebolla Wilderness, New Mexico
Fascinating cultural history, abundant wildlife, birds of prey and dramatic sandstone features welcome wilderness explorers
Spotlight: Birding on the Pacific Flyway in Oregon
Teeming with birds and wildlife, the Willamette Valley calls
Spotlight: The Cradle of Forestry in America,
Pisgah National Forest
Where forestry and forest conservation were born almost 120 years ago
Spotlight: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Powerboat Permits
Reserve a powerboat recreation permit for an experience on the Snake River in Hells Canyon!
Spotlight: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Hidden deep beneath the Chihuahuan Desert in southeastern New Mexico lays a spectacular, sparkling world
Spotlight: Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail
Your paddling roadmap from the Chesapeake Bay to the Georgia-Florida border
Spotlight: Experience the Forest from a Fire Lookout
Expansive views, solitude, and heritage perched on higher grounds as you overnight in a fire lookout tower.
Spotlight: Bandelier Wilderness
Celebrating 50 years of American wilderness
Spotlight: The Underground Railroad on the Shawnee National Forest
Spotlight: Wilderness in America
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
Spotlight: 2015 Fee-Free Days on America’s Public Lands
An added incentive to explore, experience and discover the great outdoors
Lotteries on Recreation.gov
Spotlight: Join Sanctuary Ocean Count 2015 in Hawaii
Pearl Harbor Historic Sites
Four unique destinations. One amazing experience
Spotlight: Share the Experience 2013
2013 Weekly Winners
Spotlight: Snow Play at Mt. Rainier National Park
A winter getaway in the shadow of Washington’s tallest volcanic peak
Spotlight: The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia and North Carolina
Venture into this diverse and mysterious landscape
The Gettysburg Address and Gettysburg National Cemetery, Pennsylvania
Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, November 15–19, 2014
Spotlight: Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week − October 12-18, 2014
Butterflies, birds and bears—a special time to visit your National Wildlife Refuges!
Pony Express National Historic Trail
The Pony Express National Historic Trail symbolizes the spirit of the American West.
Spotlight: Safety During Hunting Season
Both hunters and non-hunters alike can safely share the great outdoors.
Spotlight: Our Nation’s Estuaries, Where the Rivers Meet the Sea
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Estuaries Day—All Week Long - September 23-29, 2013!
Spotlight: King Range National Conservation Area
Discover California’s Lost Coast: black-sand beaches, steep and rugged mountains, and incredibly scenic vistas!
Spotlight: Sockeye Salmon Return to Steep Creek
Watch the action live on the Steep Creek web cam
Spotlight: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The Tetons are among the most stunning mountain ranges in the world and there's no better way to experience the park than camping overnight.
Spotlight: Experience the Civilian Conservation Corps
The CCC and the National Wildlife Refuge System: Revisiting America’s Largest Conservation Effort
Spotlight: Colorado Peaks – Soaring to Great Heights
The southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado inspire and beckon the ascent
Preventing Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness can quickly turn an exciting alpine hike into a race for health.
Spotlight: Reach New Heights at Timberline Lodge
A National Historic Landmark in the Mt. Hood National Forest
Spotlight: Rend Lake, Illinois
Rend Lake, one of the largest lakes in Illinois with more than 18,000 acres of water and 20,000 acres of parkland, an ideal setting to rejuvenate and engage in water sports, hiking or bicycling.
Spotlight: Stanislaus River Parks
Stroll across the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi into California's golden history.
Share the Experience 2014
Spotlight: Ocoee Whitewater Center, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee
Surround yourself with natural beauty, adventure, history and outdoor fun in this southern mountain recreation destination.
Spotlight: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Discover Ecosystems in Action
Spotlight: Fort Larned National Historic Site: Guarding the Santa Fe Trail
One of the best preserved forts from the American Indian Wars era. Fort Larned National Historic Site preserves one of the U.S. Army’s remote frontier outposts along the Santa Fe Trail
Spotlight: Chimney Rock National Monument
Visit one of the United States newest National Monuments
Safety: Quickly Changing Weather
As temperatures rise and snow recedes from our favorite outdoor places, the landscape springs to life with active wildlife, fields of flowers and severe weather.
Spotlight: Lake Red Rock, Pella, Iowa
Lake Red Rock, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, is Iowa’s largest lake and has been protecting valuable farmland, houses and businesses along the Des Moines River against flooding for more than 40 years.
Yosemite's John Muir Wilderness
It's one of our country's protected areas; but the word "wilderness" is so much more than just a label.
The Ocmulgee National Monument
Somewhere near the biggest city in Georgia sits what looks like an ancient geometrical temple covered in grass.
Spotlight: National Monument to the Forefathers
In school we learn that our first "Thanksgiving" occurred when the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast; this site and historical monument commemorates those aboard the Mayflower , which supposedly first came ashore right here.
Song for the Horse Nation
The newest and biggest yet exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian pays homage to the bond between horse and human.
Plan a Camping Trip You'll Never Forget
It’s easy to head to your nearest campground for some fresh air and a couple nights under the stars. But when was the last time you picked a destination where you never imagined you’d set up a tent?
Spotlight: Katmai National Park and Preserve
Whether watching brown bears during the salmon run, hiking and camping in rugged wilderness, fishing for trout, or viewing the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, an amazing experience awaits in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve.
From cozying up in a ski lodge or booking a lavish stay at a historic hotel to taking a cooking class on a quaint New England farm or scouring the night sky for constellations you never knew existed, these are some of the most romantic options we have to offer.
Take an Overnight Bicycle Trip
You love camping. You love riding your bike. You’re dying to go on a little adventure. Why not go on a bike overnight?
Rocky Mountain National Park
Spotlight: Visit National Grasslands
National Grasslands offer a glimpse into our heritage and opportunities to hike, bike, camp and sightsee!
Wounded Warriors Denali Challenge 2012
Courageous Veterans challenge themselves on the continent's tallest peak in Denali National Park and Preserve
Spotlight: National Estuarine Research Reserves
Some of our countries most productive ecosystems in the world are found at National Estuarine Research Reserves.
May is National Bike Month
Come out and celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons you ride. Whether you bike to work to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment, to explore your community, or get to your destination, just get out there and ride.
Spotlight: National Park Week
National Parks will waive entrance fees all week long. Many parks will also offer special programs, and some park partners may offer great deals and discounts.
Cape Lookout National Seashore Cabin Reservations
Starting on January 5th, you can reserve Great Island and Long Point cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore in NC for this coming spring, summer or fall on Recreation.gov
Spotlight: Arches National Park
Discover Arches National Park, truly a landscape like no other.
Spotlight: National Wildlife Refuge System Celebrates 110 Years of Conservation Success
Spotlight: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Downhill Thrills: Ski and Snowboard Areas on National Forests
Some of the best skiing, snowboarding and winter sports can be found on National Forest Service lands.
Yosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates
Spotlight: The Siege of Vicksburg, Vicksburg National Military Park
Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates, June 15 to September 4
2012 White House Easter Egg Roll Commemorative Eggs Now Available
Even though the White House Easter Egg Roll lottery is now closed, you can still purchase your own wooden commemorative eggs online now.
The "Great Charter"
The Magna Carta, on permanent loan from private owner David Rubenstein, returns to the National Archives after a year hiatus ... in a new, interactive casing to further enhance the Charters of Freedom.
The African Burial Ground National Monument, New York, NY
February is African American History Month so what better time to pay homage to this commemorative site that represents the important role and contribution that enslaved Africans made to the birth of the nation, its economy development and culture.
Build a Campfire and Cozy Up
There’s no other feeling like the one you get when sitting around a campfire. So long as you make sure you’re responsible and follow the rules of the area you’re visiting, get out there and huddle around the flames.
The Other National Christmas Tree
California's General Grant Tree is not only possibly the largest sequoia; it's also been labeled the "Nation's Christmas Tree" since 1926.
Take a Hike
Here are four great reasons to go for a hike.
Removing Two Dams in Olympic National Park
What once was a reservoir is now running water. What was once a concrete eyesore is now a wild river.
June Is Great Outdoors Month
President Obama—along with almost every state governor—proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month,” urging Americans to uphold our legacy of conserving lands for future generations. Whether it’s hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, bird watching—or just having a picnic and enjoying nature—getting outside with your loved ones in our shared resources is the perfect way to celebrate.
Spotlight: Point Reyes National Seashore
A visit to these pristine, majestic, preserved headlands and it’s hard to believe that you’re barely an hour’s drive out of San Francisco.
For those of you who read the novel A River Runs Through It (or saw the movie), you already know the spiritual connection people find to fly fishing.
Best Places to Star Gaze
Humans have been contemplating the heavens since we stood up on two legs...and that deep, sparkly sky still hasn't lost its draw one bit. Here are the nations best places to see the stars.
Helping Hands for America’s Lands
Volunteer on National Public Lands Day, and make a weekend of it!
Resolutions of the Constitutional Convention
See the "fifth page" of the Constitution, a new display at the National Archives.
Spotlight: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
This diverse and intact area of Montana offers a geyser viewing opportunity unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Spotlight: National Fishing and Boating Week
Celebrate our bountiful lakes and rivers during National Fishing and Boating Week
Spotlight: Colorado National Monument
Visitors experience an incredible landscape in which the powerful forces of nature—high winds, deep seas and spring thaws once collided repeatedly to form breathtaking scenic vistas.
First Day Hikes Begin January 1, 2015
Hike your way into the New Year!
Spotlight: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on Display
at the National Archives
View this fragile but enduring piece of history
Spotlight: Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
Where a scorched bear cub rescued from a wildfire became a national symbol. Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear!
Spotlight: The Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado
A unique and historic, Victorian-style hotel in the Rocky Mountains
Accessible Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge
A spectacular slice through the Cascade Mountains
Snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park
The park offers the first non-commercially guided snowmobile access program
Spotlight: The Sagamore in New York
Experience sweeping views of Lake George and luxury accommodations
Spotlight: Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people
Spotlight: In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone
Let one of America’s first great wanderers show you some of our great outdoors
Spotlight: The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
Follow in the footsteps of one of our nation’s most enduring stories.
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California
A popular outdoor recreation destination framing the Los Angeles skyline
Spotlight: Wintry Cabin and Yurt Excursions
Reserve a one-of-a-kind cabin or yurt for a winter adventure
Spotlight: Winter Sports at Ashtabula Lake, North Dakota
More Comfortable than Your Grandfather’s Ice Fishing
Spotlight: Fort Gadsden and Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
The Apalachicola National Forest offers both history and recreation on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Spotlight: Death Valley National Park
Spotlight: Happy 112th birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System!
Celebrate the Refuge System’s birthday on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at a refuge near you
Spotlight: Green River Lake, Kentucky
A serene setting for boating, fishing, horseback riding and hiking
Spotlight: Spring in Washington, DC
Enjoy the cherry blossoms, melt your memory of winter and find tons of fun in our nation’s capital
Spotlight: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida
Explore this subtropical climate and sprawling waterways by boat!
Spotlight: 150th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Steamboat Bertrand, Iowa and Nebraska
Commemorate the tragic loss of the Bertrand at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
The Final Days of the Civil War: 150 Years Ago
Places and events honoring the closing days of the American Civil War
Spotlight: Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park Turns 100
Celebrating a hundred years of world-renowned mountain scenery and wildlife with plenty of room for recreation
Spotlight: The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Louisiana
Historical intrigue and luxurious accommodations in the heart of the city
Spotlight: Snow Mountain Biking Alaska-Style
Riding on snow in the White Mountains National Recreation Area
Spotlight: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
The world’s longest and perhaps the most storied cave system in the world
Spotlight: “Spirited Republic” Exhibition at the National Archives Opens March 6, 2015
Alcohol in American History
Spotlight: Winter Eagle Viewing at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee
Winter is peak season for bald eagle viewing
Spotlight: White River National Forest, Colorado
Host to the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships
Where small moments turn into big memories
Spotlight: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
This canyon was once an important center of the Ancestral Puebloan world
Spotlight: Somerville Lake in East-Central Texas
This lake getaway is about halfway between Austin and Houston, Texas!
Spotlight: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois
Discover the magnificence and beauty of the wild turkey
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Civil War Sesquicentennial, Virginia
Journey to the history-rich Shenandoah Valley and commemorate those who fought here during the American Civil War.
National Estuaries Week
Enjoy these unique ecosystems where rivers meet the sea
Spotlight: The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Bike, hike, walk, boat or drive to the places that inspired our national anthem 200 years ago
Spotlight: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon
A mild climate, abundant trails and plenty of wildlife characterize this first estuarine research reserve in the country
Spotlight: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho
Adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery await in this varied landscape
Spotlight: Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Explore this diverse and scenic coastal oasis
Spotlight: Alabama Scenic River Trail
Touring the South’s Alabama River and historical attractions
Spotlight: Raystown Lake, Central Pennsylvania
Visit another USACE gem, the Keystone State’s best kept secret.
Spotlight: America’s Hunting Heritage
Skilled sportsmen and women, novices and non-hunters alike can appreciate this respected conservation and recreation tradition
Share the Experience Photo Contest
2012 Winners Announced and 2013 Contest Launches
Allatoona Lake, Georgia
Recreation and sports activities abound at Allatoona Lake near Atlanta. Biking, boating, hiking, swimming and camping are among the activities at this popular recreation area.
Spotlight: Experience Let’s Move Outside!
Connecting Kids & Families to America’s Great Outdoors through Active Recreation
Spotlight: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
All types of wildlife roam on this prairie, the largest open space in northeastern Illinois.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is nothing short of a natural wonder even among a diverse terrain of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra.
Spotlight: 4 Rivers, Idaho and Oregon
Enter the lottery and get your permits now for the summertime whitewater rafting trip of your life at the Selway, Salmon and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers in Idaho, or the Snake River in Oregon.
Reasons to Volunteer on Public Lands
Traditionally the last Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day gives Americans many reasons to volunteer—but you can volunteer anytime!
June is World Oceans Month
Wear blue and take action to honor June as World Ocean Month.
Ansel Adams Wilderness Area
Wilderness is exactly what you'll find in Yosemite's Ansel Adams Wilderness area.
Gather your Own Mistletoe for the Holidays
'Tis the season to get out into nature and start looking for your Christmas decorations.
The 112th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Find a local bird count on federal land and track our feathered friends this holiday season.
9 Reasons to Start Ice Fishing
Contrary to popular belief, fish do bite in the winter.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Winter Film Festival
The Great Falls, Montana, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is one of the many federal recreational establishments to offer folks some warm, indoor, fun activities this winter.
Spotlight: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam - Lake Sacajawea, WA
View the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse from a National Park
More than 30 National Parks are gearing up for the May 20 solar eclipse—the first annular solar eclipse viewable in the U.S. in the last 18 years. Find out which ones you can visit for the best view.
Spotlight: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers enticements of a different nature. Visitors may experience a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, as well as opportunities for road biking, rock climbing, picnic areas and nature observing. There is also a visitor center complete with a gift store.
Spotlight: Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project
Take a new look at the 1970s through the lens of a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA
Spotlight: Help Us Count Birds, Become a Citizen Scientist
Spotlight: Snowmachining at Turnagain Pass, Alaska
Spotlight: Experience Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River, Utah
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is the perfect time to celebrate and explore the rich and diverse cultures, tribes, traditions and histories of Native Americans.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Staying in Denver and got a few hours? Consider a visit to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States.
Bear Creek Lake
State and municipal partner agencies manage a swimming beach, as well as water-based activities like sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.
Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite Valley
Almost every hiker puts hiking to the top of Half Dome on his or her bucket list. If that's on your 2012 agenda, here are the logistics you'll need to know to obtain your permits and start planning your trip.
Spotlight: Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic Byway
Visit this natural and sacred place, a "museum without walls," where magnificent buttes and cliffs create unique habitats above the desert expanses.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Spotlight: Waldo Lake, Willamette National Forest
Spotlight: Veterans National Recreation Trail at Coralville Lake
Honor America's Veteran Heros while enjoying pristine Coralville Lake
White River National Forest
Eight designated wildernesses, world famous ski resorts are only some of the reasons this Rocky Mountain gem is one of the most revered National Forests in the United States.
Your Fee Dollars at Work: Amistad National Recreation Area
Thanks to your fee dollars, a new fish cleaning station at Rough Canyon will completely replace the old one, which had badly deteriorated due to constant, year-round use.
Your Fee Dollars At Work
Entrance fees do more than just get you into the park...the funds help you enjoy your entire experience, from entrance to exit.
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is the perfect time to celebrate and explore the rich and diverse cultures, tribes, traditions and histories of Native Americans.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
One of the world’s largest known natural bridges.
Food Foraging: The Acorn
You may remember collecting acorns as a kid and using them as ammunition against your siblings. But these little nuts are part of an edible American heritage...and some consider them to be a foraging delicacy today.
All That Jazz
A visit to the Harlem Jazz Museum is arguably second only to a trip to N'Orleans if you're looking to experience the truly American musical tradition: Jazz.
Your Fee Dollars at Work
Without fees, Zion National Park would be nothing but traffic and pollution.
Spotlight: Carrizo Plain National Monument
A glistening bed of white salt set within a vast open grassland and rimmed by mountains.
Spotlight: Mesa Verde National Park
Spotlight: Experience the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act
Spotlight: A Slice of the Siuslaw National Forest
Visit one of only two national forests to claim ocean front property in the lower 48 states.
Spotlight: Alaska’s Recreation Cabins
Rustic charm and beauty! More than 180 public-use recreation cabins are scattered throughout the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska and the Chugach National Forest in south central Alaska.
Explore Your America with the Recreation.gov iPhone App
Recreation.gov has a iPhone mobile app. This on-the-go app can help you find the perfect campsite wherever you’re traveling!
Spotlight: Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area
One of America’s modern civil engineering wonders and the largest reservoir in the U.S.
National Fishing and Boating Week
"The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it." —Unknown
Spotlight: National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon
An experience that captures the American spirit of the West
Spotlight: Gettysburg National Military Park and Sesquicentennial
Why do we Celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July?
So why all the parades, “bells, bonfires, and illuminations” on July 4th? Because that is the date the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence--the day the founders approved one of America’s most treasured documents.
Spotlight: Explore Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur fossils and plenty of them! Still encased in the rock at the Quarry Exhibit Hall are 1,500 bones of creatures like Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Diplodocus – just to name a few – that roamed this land 149 million years ago.
Spotlight: Independence National Historical Park
Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, where the words of the Declaration of Independence still echo.
Spotlight: Explore the Spectacular Blanchard Springs Caverns
Tour these cool caverns located in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Spotlight: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Sesquicentennial
Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Chattanooga Campaign of the American Civil War at America’s First National Military Park, September–November 2013
Spotlight: Fall on the National Mall
Nice weather, fewer crowds, and plenty to see and do in our nation’s capital.
Spotlight: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
A river of recreation options that will make your head spin!
Spotlight: Blue Ridge Parkway - More Than Just A Road
Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, a piece of Americana, for a firsthand experience with the Southern Appalachians, farmland, local communities, Bluegrass music, wineries and so much more.
Spotlight: Iowa’s Coralville Lake
A Midwestern gem offering countless opportunities for discovery and fun!
Spotlight: Discovery and Recovery at the National Archives
Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Heritage
Spotlight: Tumacácori National Historical Park
Spotlight: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manatees
Viewing Manatees in Kings Bay along the Florida Gulf Coast
Spotlight: Experience Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
National Wildlife Refuges offer exceptional hunting opportunities for all
Spotlight: Cape Cod National Seashore
What better place to spend a cozy weekend than on the very shores where the Mayflower landed and the Wampanoag people had been farming and cultivating?
Spotlight: January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
With January designated as "Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month" and 122 ski areas located on National Forest land across the U.S., it would be hard not to plan a snowy getaway this winter.
Spotlight: Tropical St. Lucie South
A water-lover’s winter camping paradise.
A Tree for the Holidays from Your National Forests
A tree-cutting tradition creates lifetime memories
California Gold Rush: Stake Your Claim at Yosemite and Other Popular California Places
Spotlight: The Records of Rights Exhibit at the National Archives
Spotlight: Visit the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
An inviting climate and underwater treasures await you.
Spotlight: The Bureau of Reclamation’s Canyon Ferry Reservoir
A great destination between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks
Spotlight: National Wildlife Refuge System Celebrates Birthday
See how national wildlife refuges are protecting your natural heritage
Spotlight: Alaska Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan, Alaska
A celebration, Alaska-style, welcoming the Rufous hummingbirds back from the southern United States and Central America. Every April, the town of Ketchikan hosts the annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival.
Spotlight: Tropical El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Enjoy El Yunque’s mild year-round climate and immense biodiversity - no passport required
Spotlight: The Iditarod National Historic Trail
America’s last great gold rush trail honors Alaska’s history and hosts popular races
Spotlight: Oregon's Classic Western Beauty —
the Fremont-Winema National Forest
Where winding country roads lead to scenic vistas, wild places and historic discoveries
Spotlight: Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail
Mountain bike southern Utah’s spectacular mesa rims
Spotlight: Voyageurs National Park
Travel to the heart of the continent
Spotlight: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts
Most of the one million whale watchers along the East Coast launch from Stellwagen each year
Avalanche Safety Tips
The most important item on your backcountry checklist
Spotlight: Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Meander through Wisconsin’s glacier-carved landscape
Safety: National Safe Boating Week
Wear a life jacket for those who love you during National Safe Boating Week, May 17 to May 23 and throughout the year.
Spotlight: Historic Hotel — Hawaii’s Moana Surfrider
Beachside history and luxurious accommodations on Oahu
Spotlight: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania and the Wilderness, Virginia
Spotlight: Join an International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Understand why birds matter
Spotlight: National Get Outdoors Day
Get outside, get active, get healthy!
Spotlight: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
A place to play, dream, refresh, and create
Spotlight: The 2014 National Marine Sanctuary Classic
The Sanctuary Classic fishing photo contest is back and better than ever!
Spotlight: Bartram Trail at Thurmond Lake in Georgia and South Carolina
Hikers, cyclists and strollers all find something to like on this National Recreation Trail
Spotlight: Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
Yoga on the beach, guided hikes, biking, boating, surfing and so much more…
Spotlight: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia
Listen, watch, or sing-along as performers take to the stage each summer at the only national park dedicated to the performing arts.
Spotlight: “The Saddest Affair”— Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia
Visit the scene of this single most famous battle during the American Civil War's 292-day siege of Petersburg
Spotlight: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan
Sunken treasures and jewels of maritime history await you in the Great Lakes
Spotlight: Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Clark Days
Experience the view Captain William Clark witnessed more than 200 years ago.
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