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Image Description: Grand Canyon just before sunset from Verkamp’s Visitor Center on the South Rim.  
National Park Service photo by Michael Quinn.

Image Description: Grand Canyon just before sunset from Verkamp’s Visitor Center on the South Rim.  

National Park Service photo by Michael Quinn.

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From the Department of Interior:

There’s nothing quite like a fresh snowfall in Yosemite National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Image description: This photo shows what’s known as a cloud inversion at Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Cloud inversions form through the interaction of warm and cold weather masses and occur at the Grand Canyon about once every 10 years.
You can see more photos of the cloud inversion on the Grand Canyon’s Flickr account.
From the Department of Interior:

Over the last few days you might have seen a few photos of the recent and rare inversion(s) at Grand Canyon National Park. We hope one more will be okay. Here’s another stunning photo from Mather Point. NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker

Image description: This photo shows what’s known as a cloud inversion at Mather Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Cloud inversions form through the interaction of warm and cold weather masses and occur at the Grand Canyon about once every 10 years.

You can see more photos of the cloud inversion on the Grand Canyon’s Flickr account.

From the Department of Interior:

Over the last few days you might have seen a few photos of the recent and rare inversion(s) at Grand Canyon National Park. We hope one more will be okay. Here’s another stunning photo from Mather Point.

NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker

Go to Where it all Began at Minute Man Historical Park

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Summer is a great time to take advantage of our national parks and monuments. Many offer free or low-cost admissions and programs perfect for families. So this summer we will be featuring one of our country’s public lands every week and highlighting things you and your family can do there.

Minute Man National Historical Park

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Image description: Militia march at Minute Man National Hisorical Park

Minute Man Historical Park is where the Revolutionary War all began. Located 22 miles outside of Boston, the park lets you visit the iconic towns of Lexington and Concord. Start your trip at the Visitor’s center and watch the film “Road to the Revolution” where you’ll learn about Paul Revere’s legendary ride as well as the famous battles at Lexington and North Bridge.

Then walk along the five-mile Battle Road Trail. This trail connects Concord and Lexington and is the same path where many minutemen walked during the start of the Revolution.

You could also take a guided tour to help you learn about the colonial men and women who played an important role in our nation’s history.  One tour is “Who Were the Minutemen?” where you join a ranger costumed as a minuteman as he explains what the militia did and also includes a demonstration firing of a 18th century musket.

Another tour is the “Some Were for Making a Stand” tour. A ranger joins you at North Bridge and explains the April 19th, 1775 opening battle of the Revolution. There are many other scheduled tours available throughout the summer. Find more information.

Kids can also enjoy learning about the U.S. Revolution at Minute Man Historical Park. The Whitmore house lets children try on traditional colonial clothing, organize the day and help prepare a meal. Everyone has the chance to participate in the Hats Off! Homespun Tribute play where you and your family can learn why spinning thread, shopping and cooking were important to the revolution.

Minute Man Historical Park is also full of historical reenactments and events that are not only interesting but also educational; to learn more about the park activities and to plan your visit take a look at the schedule of events.

Tour the Historic, Beautiful Gettysburg National Military Park this Summer

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Summer is a great time to take advantage of our national parks and monuments. Many offer free or low-cost admissions and programs perfect for families. So this summer we will be featuring one of our country’s public lands every week and highlighting things you and your family can do there. 

Gettysburg National Military Park

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Image description: A stone wall on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg National Park. Photo from the National Park Service.

This July marks the 150th anniversary of the historic Battle of Gettysburg, fought in 1863. The battle, known for being the bloodiest fight in the Civil War, is recognized by historians as being the turning point in the battle between the North and South, and at the Gettysburg National Military Park, you have a chance to explore this piece of national history!

When you walk on the hills of the national park - Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, Culp’s Hill and Cemetery Ridge - your feet are travelling the same paths as soldiers did more than one hundred years ago. Stand in Soldiers’ National Cemetery and you could be standing in the same place as President Abraham Lincoln when he delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

On your trip to the park, you can visit the museum and visitor center for a look at the history of the area, and be sure to check out the film, “A New Birth of Freedom,” narrated by Morgan Freeman.

There are lots of ways to tour the park, so be sure to choose the method best for you:

  • Guided bus tours through private companies
  • Self-guided car tour, with or without audio tour CDs available for purchase
  • By foot, self-guided, heavily dependent on weather conditions

In the summer months, there are extended ranger programs and activities available, including the junior ranger program - great for kids! You can find a complete guide and schedule of ranger programs on the National Park Service website.

For some safety suggestions and for help in planning your visit, check out the “Things to Know Before You Come” page. Before visiting with kids, be sure to talk to them about the history of the Civil War, since they will be walking among history when they travel to Gettysburg this summer!