National Parks Free Entrance Days For 2013 New York!

As 2012 will soon come to a close, you may be looking ahead at 2013 and thinking of when and where you will be going for family vacations and New York RV trips. It’s never too soon to start your planning and you may want to consider the National Parks free entrance days when deciding what to do.

The 2013 free entrance dates to national parks around the country include the following:

• January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• April 22-26 – National Park Week
• August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
• September 28 – National Public Lands Day
• November 9-11 – Veterans Day Weekend

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior had this to say about the free entrance days:

“Our national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands offer every American a place to get outdoors, learn about our nation’s history and culture, and restore our spirits…By providing free admission, we are rolling out the welcome mat for Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all of us.”

However, these aren’t the only days that are free when visiting your national parks. Were you aware that 265 of the 398 national parks around the country never charge an entrance fee? If you would like to visit more than one national during one of your trips, you can purchase an annual pass for $80. This includes entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other Federal lands totaling more than 2,000. Named the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, it is free to all active duty military members and their dependents.

For more information on the National parks free entrance days and the America the Beautiful annual pass, visit nps.gov. And visit us at your local New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, and let us know which is your favorite national park!

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The Top 10 National Parks To Take Your Kids To New York! Part 2 of 2

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Our last post covered the first 5 of 10 national parks that Parents.com has recommended for kids. They surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following five are the remaining top parks that made the cut.

6. Mount Rainier National Park – Ashford, WA
Mount Rainier is 235,625 acres of waterfalls, glaciers and rain forest. There are 10 family friendly trails with one of those being stroller friendly. The park also hosts over 600 campsites, two hotels and 58 changing stations.
7. Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV
77,180 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails. Great Basin National Park runs the Great Basin for Kids program where they can learn all about the parks, flowers, trees and insects. Some of those trees are 4,000-5,000 year old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tress.
8. Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde, CO
Mesa Verde National Park features 52,122 acres including five family friendly trails, two of which are stroller accessible. The park is also home to the largest selection of Pueblo structures and dwellings in the world.
9. Denali National Park & Preserve – Denali Park, AK
Denali national park & Preserve is by far the largest park on the list. With 6.1 million acres, this park and preserve features eight family-friendly trails all of which are stroller friendly. Denali national park & Preserve also offers amazing views of Mt. McKinley, which is the highest peak in North America.
10. Yosemite National Park – Yosemite, CA
The last park on our list, Yosemite, features748, 000 acres of park with three stroller and family friendly trails. There are several activities to do and see for kids and adults alike including waterfalls, a Junior Rangers program and skiing during the winter.

For more information on the remaining parks reviewed, visit parents.com. You can view all that the parks have to offer and see which one best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s to take on your next family vacation to one of these national parks.

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The Top 10 National Parks To Take Your Kids To New York! Part 1 of 2

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Whenever you set out in your RV on a family vacation in can be difficult to figure out the right place to go. You probably have a checklist of what you want to do and see. And depending on how many members of your family there are, that can be quite a long list. Of course you will want several types of activities that will satisfy everyone, a kid-friendly place and somewhere that has a good reputation among others. Parents.com surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following are those that made the cut.

1. Grand Teton National Park – Moose, WY
This park features 310,00 total acre, with 25 family friendly trails, three of which are stroller-accessible. Some of the sites not to miss include 13,770 foot mountain, blue glaciers and more than 300 bird species.
2. Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mineral, CA
106,000 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails and four are stroller friendly. Lassen Volcanic Park features 13 kid’s programs as well as several activities for the whole family including biking, boating, horseback riding and kayaking.
3. Voyageurs National Park – International Falls, MN
Voyageurs National Park features 218,000 acres and five family friendly trails. Three of these have portions that are stroller accessible. If water is what you are looking for this park has it. There are more than 80,000 acres of water and only 10 miles of road which, features several glacier-carved lakes. If you are a water loving family this is the park for you.
4. Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO
Estes Park is a pretty well known name and this park features 265,769 acres of park and 25 family friendly trails. Wildlife viewing is a great activity here where you can spy elk, mule deer, moose and coyote.
5. Big Bend National Park – Near Marathon, TX
With 801,163 acres and five family friendly trails, this is the biggest park on the list so far. This is one of the least crowded national parks and features float trips down the Rio Grande, over 70 species of cacti and over 450 species of birds.

For more information on each of these national parks visit parents.com and see, which best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s for your next family vacation.

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