Visit Our Nation's Parks This Summer!

Are you searching for a fun summer outing that is affordable and educational? Look no further than our nation's beautiful and historical outdoor attractions.


This summer, Benefits.gov encourages you to go out and explore one of the 59 National Parks across the nation and U.S. territories. The National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is dedicated to maintaining our nation's parks and offering educational opportunities for children and adults in a safe environment. These parks offer the opportunity to view some breathtaking vistas, experience some of the United States' natural landmarks and learn about history at one of our many historic sites. Planning a trip to one of the parks is easy and can be low-cost, as many of them are free admission. If you're planning on travelling to one of the parks, the National Park Service offers a variety of resources to help plan your trip.

To get started, review these travel tips:



  • Locate a park, Use the Find a Park option on the National Park Service website. You can search by state or select a park name.
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  • Explore lodging options. Whether you're looking for hotels, a campground, or backcountry camping, it is best to reserve your spot in advance.
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  • Check out Recreation.gov. You can make online reservations for some tours and campgrounds here, as well as learn about activities at other recreation sites.

Kids can also get active with the new Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger program, celebrating First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative to end childhood obesity. This program offers many activities that the whole family can enjoy, including hiking, biking, swimming and horseback riding. By completing at least one physical activity, kids looking to earn their Junior Ranger Badge receive a sticker that designates them as a Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger. These activities promise to be fun, healthy and family-friendly, and many locations are easily accessible from urban areas.

There's plenty to see, learn and enjoy at our nation's parks, so take some time this summer to discover a National Park near you!

If you're interested in other government benefit programs, Benefits.gov encourages you to use our free and confidential Benefit Finder to find out which government assistance programs you may be eligible to receive.

Have a great summer!

 

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