National Park Week: April 15-23

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to explore the natural beauty that our country has to offer. In exactly two weeks, April 15th, National Park Week kicks off. Free admission April 15-16 & 22-23, just in time for the holiday weekend! There will be events held at specific National Parks, as well as Junior Ranger Day on April 15th. We’ll be about halfway through April, so weather best not be an excuse for any of you getting out there and taking advantage of this celebratory week.

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Shenandoah Valley National Park

It is a momentous time for our country! Just this past year, 2016, while Brad and I navigated our way around the nation, the National Park Service celebrated their Centennial year. We sure did get the timing right on our road trip! One of the several parks we visited on our cross-country excursion was Yellowstone, the foundation of the National Park organization here in the U.S.. Yellowstone, founded on March 1, 1872, is divided between three states; Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana are home to this vast super volcano.

Yellowstone

Photographing bison in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Aside from Yellowstone, there’s a numerous amount of National Landmarks scattered across the United States. Just in two months we were lucky enough to visit 11 National Landmarks, including: The Saint Louis Gateway Arch, Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, White Sands National Monument, and Shenandoah National Park. Quite the impressive list, I’d say.

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Alkali Flat Trail, White Sands National Monument

Although we traveled far and wide, you don’t have to travel across the country to visit these beautiful places, many are closer to home than you’d think. Just in Massachusetts there are 15 National Landmarks, including Minute Man, Adams, and Blackstone River Valley. This National Park Week we will be photographing Minute Man, just a few miles south in Concord, MA.

Yosemite

View of Half Dome (upper right), Yosemite National Park

So get outside for National Park Week, April 15-23, and discover the hidden gems and geographical variations within our nation. Find parks near you, and visit Recreation.gov to learn more about National Park Week events!

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Many Glacier, Glacier National Park

One more thing, stay tuned for @meandering.martians countdown of our favorite parks we had the pleasure of visiting on the road trip. Tag your favorite National Park photos for a feature on our feed!

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South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

 

 

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