Saturday, December 26, 2009

Free e-Guide for US National Parks

If you're a die-hard national parks fan, or have been just recently inspired to get out and explore by Ken Burns' documentary series The National Parks: America's Best Idea, then the National Park Foundation (NPF) has a freebie you'll want to download today. The America's National Parks Owners Guide 2009 overflows with good stuff, including pointers toward visiting little-known National Park Service (NPS) sites (for example, war memorials, maritime history sites and literary homes in the San Francisco Bay area).

The owners' guide, which you can download as a free PDF or browse through online, is organized into 20-plus regions, including Alaska and even Caribbean and Pacific Islands. Whether you're looking for new parks in your own backyard or maybe you're a planning an epic cross-country trip for next summer, check out the "Don't Miss" boxed texts. For more trip-planning advice, the NPF website also has a handful of short, snappy travel ideas.

Of course, if you're going to knock a few dozen more NPS sites off your life list in 2010, you're going to need an America the Beautiful annual pass ($80), valid at every national park and most federal recreation lands (a lifetime pass costs $10 for seniors, free for those with disabilities). Buy passes online or at any national park. While you're at it, consider making a donation to the National Parks Foundation. Anyone who contributes at least $50 gets a subscription to Parks magazine, which offers behind-the-scenes looks at what's happening in your parks right now.

Which national park is first on your list for 2010? Inspire us by posting a comment below.

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2 comments:

  1. Sam thanks for posting about little-known sites in the SF Bay Area. Next time I'm in the the East Bay area, I think it would be quite an adventure to find the Rosie the Riveter NPS site. That place is definitely on my personal life list.

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  2. Hi Sara,
    Thanks for this great post and the link. As a national park lover, I appreciate it very much. I might also mention our websites, which provide in-depth content, all free, to help people plan trips to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Zion or Rocky Mountain national parks.
    In addition to user-generated videos, interactive Maps & Itineraries, visitor trip notes and extensive "Things to Do" information, we also include free trip planner kits via direct mail and email.
    Just mentioning this as a further service to national park enthusiasts considering a trip to one of the aforementioned national park wonders.
    Thanks for your continuing great blog posts and insightful information.
    Best,
    Shelli

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