Salute veterans, enjoy the land they’ve protected
National parks waive entrance fees on November 11
WASHINGTON – Come visit one of America’s almost 400 national parks on Veterans Day. In recognition of current and former servicemen and -women, all national parks are waiving entrance fees on November 11, 2010.
“From everyone in the National Park Service, I extend gratitude to all who have served in the U.S. armed forces and defended the people, freedoms, and resources of this country,” said NPS Director Jon Jarvis. “In honor of veterans, entry to the national parks, which preserve many of our nation’s finest natural and cultural resources, will be free on Veterans Day, November 11. I invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and savor places that our veterans have kept safe for us.”
The national parks hold something for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisurely nature walk, or simply pack a picnic lunch and get away from it all. In the parks, visitors of all abilities and interests can enjoy a holiday, often without making more than a short trip from one of the population centers many of us call home.
Residents of the DC area can investigate the Civil War and the build-up to it at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Whether first-time hikers, old pros, or trekkers who fall in between, Washingtonians can take to the trails at Shenandoah National Park. For hiking maps that indicate the difficulty of routes, please see http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/mapshiking.htm. For information about the Limberlost Trail, suitable for some visitors with limited mobility, visit http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/hiking.htm and scroll down.
If Denver is home, a two-hour drive brings you to picnic spots, trails friendly to any hiker, and in-person views of elk at Rocky Mountain National Park. For information about accessible trails, please consult http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/accessible_trails.htm.
San Diegans can get an up-close look at seastars, anemones, and other tidepool creatures at Cabrillo National Monument.
To discover other activities available in national parks, please consult the National Park Service’s Events Calendar for 2010 (http://www.nps.gov/pwr/customcf/apps/eventcalendar/listing/event_list.cfm). Veterans Day is the last of 2010’s free entrance days (http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm) in the national parks.