Happy Birthday, National Park Service! Your One-Day Chance to See These …

August 22, 2014 - Picnic Time

The National Park Service is carrying a 98th birthday party, and everyone’s invited — no gifts necessary. To applaud a day that Congress certified a NPS behind in 1916, sovereign parks are waiving entrance fees for all 401 inhabitant parks (or, some-more accurately, a 133 parks that assign opening fees) on Monday, Aug 25. That includes a opening fees, blurb debate fees, and travel opening fees (but it might not embody fees for reservations, camping, tours, or concessions, and fees collected by third parties — check with your park of choice).

So if you’ve been putting off a outing to a nearest inhabitant park, Monday’s a ideal time to check it out. Apart from a apparent choices (such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon), here are some good parks to revisit to take advantage of this large birthday! 

1. Mammoth Cave

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Get your spelunk on during a aptly named Mammoth Cave National Park. This Kentucky captivate is a world’s longest-known cavern system, with some-more than 400 miles explored. The park use offers a accumulation of tours. 

Related: America’s Best National Park: Who Ya Got?

2. Mount Rainier 

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Visit Mount Rainier to see a humongous volcano — one of a many tangible sites in all of Washington state. If climbing it isn’t your thing, this park has hiking and camping spots as well.

3. Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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See how a 1 percent lived behind in a 19th century. Drop in on the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York. Situated on 211 acres — that a superwealthy family gave to a U.S. in a 1940s — a park offers good views of a Catskill Mountains and a Hudson River. Of course, a categorical captivate is a 54-room palace (open to guided tours only).

4. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Sites

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If you’re a fan of a 32nd president and his initial lady, these dual landmarks in Hyde Park, New York, are good places to make a pilgrimage. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site includes FDR’s lifelong home and funeral ground, a Springwood estate, that is open to guided tours. Or we can ramble a 300-acre site. A integrate of miles divided sits a site dedicated to FDR’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. The chateau was where she lived after FDR’s genocide in 1945.

5. Agate Fossil Beds

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Now’s your possibility to check out something unequivocally old. The Agate Fossil Beds in Nebraska are home to Miocene fossils that date behind 20 million years. You can travel to a fascinating mine site or check out a James Cook Collection of Native American artifacts.

6. Muir Woods National Monument

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Check out this sensuous redwood timberland only north of San Francisco, California. The Muir Woods National Monument offers a series of paved and unpaved trails from that we can gawk adult during a trees that line a enormous park.

7. Craters of a Moon National Monument and Preserve

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The enormous lava margin that sits on a 750,000-acre Craters of a Moon National Monument and Preserve is an Idaho must-see. Spend a day bird watching, hiking, and holding photos.

 Related: The Most Popular U.S. Parks and Landmarks

8. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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The 366-acre Fort Vancouver National Historic Site resides in dual states, Washington and Oregon. It’s remarkable as a vital 19th century fur trade site and U.S. Army barracks. An essential relic to a story of a Pacific Northwest.

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9. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

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Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Missouri is the site of a Civil War’s initial vital conflict west of a Mississippi.  Now, there’s a five-mile self-guided pushing debate by a terrain and a museum.

10. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

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This Tennessee/Kentucky park encompasses a 90-mile widen of gorges and valleys. It’s ideal for a hiking/picnic trip

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