2019 National Park Week

Written by
Jason Barnette
Posted on
April 12, 2019
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I grew up taking family hikes on the Appalachian Trail and long Saturday drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The National Parks have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. That is exactly why National Park Week is my favorite week all year.

National Park Week is an annual celebration hosted by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation. During the special week each April the national park sites across the country host special events, offer entrance fee-free days, and encourage people to visit a site.

This year I am starting a new tradition for my travel blog. Beginning a day early, I will publish a new post about a national park site I have visited in the past year for each day of National Park Week. My goal with this week is to inspire you to visit a national park site at least once in the coming year (but hopefully more than once!).

Come back to this page every day at 9AM Eastern Time from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 28 to see the new post I have published. Share, like, retweet, repin, leave a comment, tell your friends, do it all to help me inspire others to visit a national park site this year!

Road Trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most beautiful drives in America. It also happens to be one of my favorites. This road trip itinerary will take you to the best scenic overlooks, hiking trails, attractions, and off-parkway destinations.

Exploring Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park

The recently-renamed national monument draws attention to the fact there are two forts at this historic site. Take a tour inside both, learn a secret about visiting Fort Sumter, and check out some photography.

Cades Cove at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Day Trip on the Cades Cove Loop in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove is one of the most popular sections of the Great Smoky Mountains. This day trip on the 11-mile loop road includes history, hiking, wildlife, waterfalls, and a great time.

Brown pelicans fly around the histori Castle Pinckney in Charleston Harbor in Charleston, South Carolina

The Story of How Nobody Wanted Castle Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina

Castle Pinckney was one of the first fortifications built in Charleston Harbor after America won its freedom. However the fort was rarely used, once the property of the National Park Service, and then bounced around for years. This is the story of Castle Pinckney.

Lower Boardwalk at Congaree National Park

Hiking Trails in Congaree National Park

With almost 50 miles of trails Congaree National Park is a great opportunity to get outside. A list of the trails, a few photos, and a couple tips will help you make the best of a hiking trip to Congaree.

Discovering Fort Pulaski National Monument

One of the coastal forts of the National Park Service, Fort Pulaski is a great place to learn some history, enjoy a hike to a lighthouse, and explore an historic fort.

The Auto Touring Route at Gettysburg National Military Park

There is a lot to see at Gettysburg. Fortunately most of it is accessible from the auto touring route through the park. Find out where to start, the highlights you don’t want to miss, and a few tips to make the most of the trip.

Road Trip on the Natchez Trace Parkway

The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway cuts across a beautiful swath of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. This road trip will show you where to eat, sleep, and play along the way.

Introduction to Shenandoah National Park

Hiking trails, attractions, campgrounds, Skyline Drive, there is so much to see and do it’s hard to know where to start.

10 Ways to Preserve and Protect our National Parks

It takes a lot of work to maintain the National Park System. Here are a few ways you can pitch in and help just a little bit.

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