Treasures On Your Doorstep…The Other National Parks: Review
Want to make the most of your National Park Senior Pass? Ranger Julia Lynam, author of “Treasures On Your Doorstep: The Other National Parks Of The USA”, has some great advice. There’s likely to be a gem of a National Park facility within an easy drive, a bus ride, a few blocks of walking. Yes, right near YOU.
6 takeaways from Ranger Lynam’s book….
#1 The “Other” National Parks
When speaking of National Parks in the US, the big ones generally come to mind. However, there are 400+ facilities in the National Park system. There’s at least one in every state. That means more fun for you!
#2 Park types
There are many types of NPS facilities. These include National Historic Sites, National Seashores, National Monuments, National Lakeshores, National Recreation Areas, National Trails…
#3 Lots to do, lots to learn at the “other” National Parks
You might be surprised at the array of educational and active learning experiences offered at even some of the tiniest Park units. For every age and ability.
#4 You don’t have to go alone
If you have a National Park pass—and the Senior Pass counts—you can take a friend or two, grandchild, mother, cousin, stepson, WHOEVER, to enjoy it with you. Check with the individual facility for limits and rules.
#5 Some Parks are no pass/no fee
Many of the lesser-known NPS facilities are no pass/no fee. So even if you haven’t quite made it to 62, you can’t scrounge up the $$$ in the next little while, or you’ve put your Senior Pass somewhere very safe, so safe you’ve forgotten where….
You STILL GET TO GO.
#6 Dusty Car Muddy Boots’s favorite take-away?
Ranger Lynam reminds us to double check and make sure we get our Parks information from the nps.gov website. Yes, the one with the spectacular maps and photos, the “Plan Your Visit” and “Learn About The Park” sections. Unfortunately, there are many websites that want your business that aren’t the real thing: it’s easy to get incorrect information.
Another site that’s reliable and always a pleasure is the National Parks Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. You can find them (and enjoy their site) right here.
#7 How can you get a copy of “Treasures on your Doorstep”?
You’ll certainly want to get yourself a copy of Ranger Lynam’s book. You can find it right here. That’s the Kindle version, and the one with the most recent updates.
#8 5 stars
Dusty Car Muddy Boots gives this 5 stars and hopes that Ranger Lynam writes a follow-up book or two, perhaps with some firsthand Ranger stories.
Explore the following smaller parks. Maybe one of them is near you?
Photo Credits for “Treasures On Your Doorstep: The Other National Parks Of The USA” : All Public Domain via NPS.