As 2016 rolls around, I’ve been reading a lot on social media about the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and more specifically the Find Your Park initiative. According to the National Park Service, the campaign is not only about national parks, but “state parks, local parks, trails, museums, historic sites and the many ways that the American public can connect with history and culture, enjoy nature, and make new discoveries.” As a family, we have visited many of the top parks, and still have quite a few on our list. Now more than ever is a great time to plan a trip to one of these magical places, whether it’s a weekend trip to a nearby park, or a week long vacation halfway across the country. This article is the first of several that I’m going to post throughout the year, highlighting parks big and small throughout the US, in the hopes of inspiring readers to get out and explore.
As I put the finishing touches on this blog post, I hear the weatherman say that is going to be close to 70 degrees this weekend! All the more reason you should consider visiting DC during the colder months. Most tourists, as well as locals, tend to visit between March and October. But December and January are often wonderful times to see some of the more popular attractions like the National Archives Museum and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum because the crowds are much smaller (excluding the week between Christmas and New Year’s). With that said, the weather is never predictable, with 70 degrees temperatures one week and snow the next, so be prepared. You should always check before you go for any closings or late openings due to weather. Besides staying warm in all the free museums, here are five fantastic reasons to head to DC during the colder months.