So I wanted to share that National Park Week is coming! Its from April 16-24 this year and all the parks that may have a fee free (parks are listed here) to get into and many plan additional programs to start off the new season with a bang. A large part of the celebration is Earth Day but its also the time of year when a lot of the homes that have been closed over the winter months are opened back up again to the public to prep for the summer travel season.
I’ve been to a few of the parks in the Northeast, DC and West Coast. The image above is from the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park (another look at the park grounds when I mentioned National Trails Day). Eleanor and Franklin D Roosevelt just happened to live ‘next door’. Ok, so its down the street a bit but I feel fairly certain that they would have considered the properties to be neighboring. If you’re in the city, there are plenty of places to visit as well! NYC has Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace (below), Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty (finally open again after Hurricane Sandy visited) and Federal Hall (the only one I haven’t been to so far-as least as far as this list is concerned).
Boston has the city itself with a Visitor Center in Faneuil Hall as well as the Charleston Navy Yard, Longfellow House in Cambridge and the Boston Harbor Islands. The islands are best to save for once it starts to warm up… Seattle has the Klondike Gold Rush while San Francisco has a few of its own, too. Other than that, I need to explore the list just as much as anyone else! There is so much out there that we’ve preserved as a nation to reflect upon and enjoy!