National Parks — The Place to be for Family Fun this Summer

The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to kick-off the upcoming
summer travel season with many new and exciting adventures awaiting park
visitors, as well as traditional programs that families come back time
and again to enjoy. From the shores of Maine and Alaska to the Rocky
Mountains of Colorado to the warm beaches of California and the Virgin
Islands, national parks offer something for everyone.

“National Parks have been the family summer vacation of choice
for generations – they offer tradition, heritage, recreation, and fun
for all members of the family,” said Acting NPS Director Dan Wenk.
“There are incredible opportunities for you to experience the marvelous
natural and cultural heritage of our country and pay homage to our
ancestors and inspire our children to become better stewards of the
parks for tomorrow.

Enjoy a ranger program, experience the beauty – and our
history. I welcome you to come out and enjoy your national parks this
year and every year.” The National Park Service has developed and made
available a web site to help inform visitors about what’s new in
national parks this year and the many ranger led programs, activities
and commercial services available.

Find out what a great summer is waiting for you this year in
your National Parks by visiting the “National Parks: The Place to be for
Family Fun” Web site.

The National Park Service always recommends stopping by the
park’s visitor center to get the latest, most up-to-date park
information. In addition, NPS reminds visitors that safety is critical,
and hikers should stay on marked trails and let family members and/or
friends know their whereabouts.

Remember to dress appropriately for the elements and activities
you are going to engage in, and it’s always best to have plenty of
water on hand.

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