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Plan your trip

"We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while." - Willa Cather

Plan your adventure using these tools. No matter where you live in the United States, there's a site within two hours of your home.

Let's Get Going!

Explore parks and sites

Get a place to stay

Your family may want to stay somewhere overnight. You can reserve a cabin or campsite on recreation.gov.

Pack this

Note: some of our sites don't get cell service. This means you might not be able to make or get phone calls, texts, or emails when you visit.

What to bring

  • Water
  • Healthy snacks
  • A first-aid kit
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves (if it's cold)
  • Bug spray
  • A map
  • Emergency numbers

Bring your pass

Make sure you bring your pass to get in for free.

At some sites, the ranger will exchange your paper pass for a plastic pass. The plastic pass is waterproof and a great keepsake!

Take a train

Your family may want to take a train. Amtrak is offering fourth graders — like you — a discount on train tickets. When an adult buys a full-price ticket, you'll get 75% off. Visit Amtrak to learn more.

Field trips

A field trip with your class offers a unique learning opportunity.

Many of our sites are ready for large groups and offer programs created for fourth graders.

This program only provides passes for fourth graders.