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Poets, Painters, and Playwrights

Flower garden in front of a yellow three-story house

Longfellow House

Longfellow House-Washington Headquarters National Historic Site was home to one of the most preeminent poets of the 19th century.

Painting of a landscape next to a painter's palette

Weir Farm National Historic Site

A small farm in Connecticut because home to three generations of artists starting with popular impressionist Julian Alden Weir.

Two-story white house with a patio and balcony

Eugene O'Neill NHS

At the height of his career, this Nobel Prize-winning playwright chose to write from a fairly isolated home in California.

Trail Parks

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Passing through 13 states over a distance of more than 2,180 miles, the trail offers many opportunities to watch the season change.

Trail through a forest

Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

The 450-mile trail passes through forests, wetlands, and sites representing hundreds of years of history of the South.

White tavern building next to a canal

Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Choose your adventure by hiking, biking, paddling, or horseback riding through the natural and historical sites along the Potomac River.

Following the River's Path

Aerial view of a river next to a city

Missouri National Recreational River

The longest river in North America runs past wilderness and towns of all sizes, allowing many to enjoy its opportunities.

Canoes beached next to a river

Lower Delaware Nat. Wild & Scenic River

Past forests, farmlands, and villages, the free-flowing river runs through some of the most densely populated regions in America.

Fall-colored trees along the Niobrara River

Niobrara National Scenic River

The 76-mile river showcases the dramatic bluffs, waterfalls, and biodiversity found in the heartlands while offering excitement.

National Park Getaways

Two hikers on a bridge over a river leading to a tunnel in a mountain

This Month's National Park Getaway

Stretching 2,200 miles across 14 states, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail draws thousands of hikers each year.

Devils Tower rock formation at sunset

Devils Tower National Monument

A rocky sentinel at Devils Tower National Monument has stood watch over the Black Hills in Wyoming for millions of years.

Granite monolith with DC skyline in the distance

LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac

Across the river from the classical stone monuments in downtown DC is a "living" memorial dedicated to the 36th US president.

Home library containing thousands of books, a table, and chairs

Adams National Historical Park

Meet four generations of an influential political family that helped guide a young nation at Adams National Historical Park.