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Vacation Inspiration: National Park Visits à la Presidente

- Justine

Do you find yourself reclining with a cold soda, hiding in the air-conditioned interior of your house and lethargically watching the summer ease by? Warning: this fabulous season does not last forever! Don’t just sit there, travel!

Travel where? you might ask.
Simple answer: go see a national park!

Visiting a national park is one of my all-time favorite summer activities because:

A) National parks are some of the most gorgeous sites in our country, showcasing the natural beauty of the continent that we live on but don’t frequently get to really explore.

B) You can stay an hour, a day, a weekend, a week, a month… see where I’m going with this? There’s nobody telling you when to check out, and nature doesn’t close at nine o’ clock. You have a lot of freedom in deciding how to spend your time.

C) There’s a broad spectrum of activities, ranging from low-key (museum, gift shop) to hardcore (overnight nature hikes). Practically everybody in your family will find something that interests them– short hikes and picnics are well-suited to all ages and attitudes.

Even the president loves national parks! The Obamas recently took a weekend vacation in Maine’s Acadia National Park. They biked through the woods, hiked up Cadillac Mountain, then took a National Park Service boat ride to a pier, where they ate dinner by the water. The great thing about national parks, too, is that you don’t have to just spend time in the park– the Obamas also toured a light house, played tennis, went swimming, and went out for ice cream. If the first family PLUS their dog spend their getaway in a national park region, why shouldn’t you?

To search for national parks near you (or by other criteria), click here! You won’t regret it.

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