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Plan Your Visit to America’s Best Idea: National Park Service Launches Fall-to-Spring Trip-Planning Website

A helping hand. NPS photo.

A helping hand. NPS photo.

WASHINGTON, DC – On the heels of the PBS presentation of America’s Best Idea, a documentary on the national parks by Ken Burns, the National Park Service (NPS) has developed the website Plan Your Visit to America’s Best Idea (Your National Parks): Fall, Winter, Spring 2009—2010 to help visitors find activities, events, and commercial services at NPS areas during the fall, winter, and spring months. The website also includes travel tips and links to other resources. The names of parks are hyperlinked to travel information specific to those parks. Check out Plan Your Visit at .

The National Park Service invites all Americans to come and enjoy their country’s stroke of brilliance, the national parks, in person. These protected places boast spectacular landscapes year-round, as Burns demonstrates in his film. Even though fall, winter, and spring make up the so-called “off season” in the National Park System, there is plenty to do in the parks during this time.

“The national parks are truly America’s best idea,” says NPS Director Jon Jarvis, “and one thing that makes them so is their dynamic nature. They are preserved from changes that would radically alter them, but they aren’t static: they’re full of activity. This website helps people know what’s going on in the parks. Americans are quite diverse, but so are the sites that the NPS stewards, and these places and the activities they offer appeal to a range of interests.”

The National Park Service always recommends stopping by a park’s visitor center to get up-to-date information. In addition, NPS reminds visitors that safety is critical. Hikers should stay on marked trails and let close acquaintances know their whereabouts and plans. Remember to dress appropriately for the elements and for activities and to bring any necessary supplies. It’s always best to have plenty of water on hand. You can easily spot park rangers in their distinctive green and gray uniforms and brimmed hats. Ask questions…that’s why they are there!

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