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Celebrate National Parks Week 2016 by Visiting the U.S. National Parks throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Areas

Local Activities | April 14, 2016

National Parks Week
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National Parks Week 2016 will be celebrated throughout the Washington, D.C and Baltimore areas from April 16-24. During National Parks Week, admission is free to visit and explore all of the wonders of our U.S. National Parks. This year also marks the National Park’s 100th anniversary, and there is no better time to celebrate and enjoy the diverse wildlife, iconic landscapes, and natural treasures honored by this occasion.

National Parks Week was first recognized in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service. Currently, there are 407 National Parks throughout the United States dedicated to community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. In the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas there are 50 different National Parks, all worth adding to your day trips from Baltimore list for the whole family to explore and enjoy.

US National Parks in the Washington, D.C and Baltimore Areas

There are many wonderful National Parks to enjoy throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. Below is a list of those parks courtesy of The Washington Post . Admission is free during National Parks Weeks, so throw a few locations in your GPS this month and make some time to appreciate these natural treasures.

National Parks in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia:

  • Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park
  • Constitution Gardens (Southwest)
  • Ford’s Theatre (Northwest)
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Southeast)
  • Lincoln Memorial (The Mall)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House (Northwest)
  • National Mall
  • Pennsylvania Avenue National Historical Site (Northwest)
  • Piscataway Park (Southeast)
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (Also in Md., Va., Pa.)
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial (The Mall)
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Mall)
  • Washington Monument (The Mall)
  • White House (Northwest)
  • Antietam National Battlefield (Sharpsburg)
  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Also in D.C., Va., Pa.)
  • Assateague Island National Seashore (Berlin)
  • Catoctin Mountain Park (Thurmont)
  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (Sharpsburg; Also in D.C.)
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site (Glen Echo)
  • Fort McHenry National Monument (Baltimore)
  • Fort Washington Park (Southeast)
  • Greenbelt Park (Greenbelt)
  • Hampton National Historic Site (Towson)
  • Monocacy National Battlefield (Frederick)
  • Potomac National Scenic Trail (Also in D.C., Va., Pa.)
  • Thomas Stone National Historical Site (Port Tobacco)
  • Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park (Appomattox)
  • Robert E. Lee Memorial (McLean)
  • Assateague Island National Seashore (Accomack County)
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (Va. and N.C.)
  • Booker T. Washington National Memorial (Hardy)
  • Colonial National Historic Park (Yorktown)
  • Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (Also in Ky., Tenn.)
  • Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields (Fredericksburg)
  • George Washington Birthplace National Memorial (Colonel Beach)
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway (McLean)
  • Green Springs National Historic Landmark District (Louisa)
  • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (Also in Md.)
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove (McLean)
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site (Richmond)
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park (Manassas)
  • Petersburg National Battlefield (Petersburg)
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (Also in Pa., Md., D.C.)
  • Prince William Forest Park (Triangle)
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park (Richmond)
  • Shenandoah National Park (Luray)
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island (McLean)
  • Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts (Vienna)

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