“Our presidents have lived, worked and played in national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “This weekend is the perfect time to visit a national park and share a connection with one of our presidents.”
Every president has strong associations with national parks. In fact, the White House – the home and office of each present since John Adams – is a national park. Although he never lived in the White House, President George Washington’s ties to national parks include Independence Hall (Pa.), Federal Hall (N.Y.), Great Falls Park (Va.), Fort Necessity (Pa.), George Washington Birthplace (Va.), and the Washington Monument (D.C.). President Barack Obama has visited Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and Yellowstone (Wyo.) national parks with his family. He has also created five new national parks via presidential proclamation, including Cesar E. Chavez National Monument (Calif.) and Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument (Md.).
In addition to providing free entrance, many parks will host special events to celebrate the holiday. At Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (Ga.), President Carter and his wife Rosalynn will share memories of their time in the White House. Audience members will have the chance to interact with the president, including students in attendance from Plains High School, as well as students connected via live stream from Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (Kan.) and Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (Ark.).
Other activities in national parks include a George Washington birthday party at Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pa.), a guided evening tour of the monuments on the National Mall (D.C.) and a talk about President Andrew Jackson and his role in the Battle of New Orleans at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (La). A complete calendar of events, and presidential travel itineraries and lesson plans, are available on the Presidents Day page of www.nps.gov.
The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on five additional days in 2015 – April 18 and 19 (the first weekend of National Park Week), August 25 (the National Park Service’s 99th birthday), September 26 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).
National park passes that provide free or discounted admission year round are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.
The Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is shining a spotlight on the Top Pet-Friendly Parks for February as part of the 12 Months of RVing promotion.
These select RV Parks stand out from the pack when it comes to RVer travelers with animal passengers a welcoming place to stay.
Pet-friendly parks boast amenities that include fenced-in dog parks to pet washing areas. Many pet-friendly parks offer trails for pet walking, and some dispense pet treats to newcomes traveling with four-legged passengers.
Up to half of all RV travelers bring their pets with them on the road, according to a study by the Center for Economic Vitality.
The editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide chose the list of pet-friendly parks from the annual publication’s database of more than 7,000 private parks.
12 Months of RVing
The 12 Months of RVing lists celebrate the diversity of the RV lifestyle. Regardless of RVing travel preferences, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide helps consumers find the parks that support their interests.
Parks participating in this program are featured in press releases, enewsletters and blog posts. Each of the parks will have Top Parks badge in their park information page. Click here for a list of all parks included in the 12 Months of RVing.
In addition to in-depth listings of RV parks and campgrounds across North America, the Good Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory features RV lifestyle articles, travel tips, helpful maps and informative itineraries that RVers can use for a journey anywhere in North America.
Top Pet-Friendly RV Parks:
Desert’s Edge RV-The Purple Park, Phoenix
Bakersfield River Run RV Park, Bakersfield
Chula Vista RV Resort And Marina, Chula Vista
Sands RV & Golf Resort, Desert Hot Springs
Deer Creek Valley RV Park LLC, Topeka
America’s Best Campground, Branson
American RV Park, Albuquerque
Lake George RV Park, Lake George
Austin Lone Star Carefree RV Resort, Austin
Stone Creek RV Park, San Antonio
Shady Acres RV Park, Green River