7 Things You Absolutely Must Try in a National Park

President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “There is nothing so American as our national parks…. The fundamental idea behind the parks…is that the country belongs to the people.” If you have yet to explore “your” parks – there are 401 of them – then Veterans Day is just the excuse you need. November 11, 2014 is the National Park Service’s final free-entrance day of 2014, when admission fees are waived for everyone. Here are picks for seven essential experiences:

  • Take a scenic drive along Blue Ridge Parkway – Virginia and North Carolina
  • Go snowshoeing through Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah
  • Ride a mule (better yet, hike) in Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona
  • Immortalize your ancestors at Ellis Island – New York
  • Take an airboat tour of Everglades National Park – Florida
  • Spot wildlife in Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming
  • Attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Presidents Park – Washington, DC

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