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Firsts in Flight

Wright brothers storefront

Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP

From their shops and nearby fields in Ohio, the Wright brothers tinkered with ideas leading to the first successful airplane flight.

Historic Seahawk airplane

Gateway National Recreation Area

Floyd Bennett Field once served as New York City's first municipal airport, but is now home to restored historic airplanes.

WWII-era planes inside a hangar

Tuskegee Airmen NHS

The first African American military pilots and support staff paved the way for desegregation of military aviation programs.

Solstice Season

Northern lights over a roadway

Denali National Park & Preserve

Stay in the park after dark to watch bright colors dance across the night sky in nature's dazzling winter light show.

Pueblo ruins at sunset

Aztec Ruins National Monument

View the solstice in a place that was constructed in alignment 900 years ago by the Aztec Pueblo people.

Milky Way over a fence and ranch

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

As the days get shorter, chances to enjoy the night sky get longer. View the Milky Way, meteor showers, and more.

National Park Getaways

Paddler canoeing through mangroves

This Month's National Park Getaway

Adventure, recreation, and discovery are beckoning explorers to Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida.

Two-story brick house covered with vines

Frederick Law Olmsted NHS

Experience a defining legacy in landscape architecture firsthand by touring the home of the Olmsted family in Massachusetts.

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

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Stretching 2,200 miles across 14 states past history and stunning scenery, the iconic 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.