National Parks surround us. Within DC, there are 23 national parks alone. My little National Parks Passport has seen a lot of stamps since moving here.
My grandmother gifted it to me back in 1996 at the Mt. Rainier Visitor Center. When looking at that stamp, I can still remember how excited I was to have my very own book. She would be proud with my progress thus far on filling it up. It’s always fun to put a new one into the book. And I’ve still got a few I’d like to get in the DC area– including some from a few trips I took without the passport.
April 22-26 marks National Parks Week. What does this mean for you? Free admission to every NPS site. It’s never a good idea to pass up free.
While many of the museums and national parks are always free in the DC area, there are a few that aren’t. Here’s a couple I’m hoping to visit this year– perhaps during National Parks Week. Just don’t doubt my love for National Parks when you see that I haven’t been to some of these:
- Great Falls Park, Great Falls, VA
- Old Post Office Tower, Washington DC
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
I’ve got a boot on my foot thanks to a broken bone– I’m hoping it will be off before National Parks Week rolls around in order to be able to hit up one or two during the week.
Here are some of my favorites in the DC/MD/VA area.
- Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
- Theodore Roosevelt Island, Arlington, VA
- Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Site, Baltimore, MD
- Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont, MD
- Shenandoah National Park, Stanley, VA
More Springtime Fun Near the City
- Catch a baseball game– major or minor league in DC, MD and VA
- Head over to a local public garden (like the National Arboretum)
- Run a spring race, or sign up to run a popular fall one
- Check out the U.S. Capitol and sign up to take a tour