For the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, we’re rounding up five of our favorite New England parks. As if you needed another reason to take a long weekend.
1) Minute Man National Historic Park
Almost two and a half centuries ago, these historical grounds saw the first battle of the Revolutionary War. The park has preserved these pieces of American history, combining battleground landmarks with miles of scenic trails. Walk or run alongside lush greenery, visit the former home of Louisa May Alcott and stop by the famed Old North Bridge.
2) Adams National Historic Park
Five generations of John Adams’ family resided on these pristine grounds. Take a guided tour by trolley of the historic homes or explore the manicured gardens at your leisure. Check out what the founding father was reading at the vine-covered Stone Library, which houses the family’s collection of over 12,000 books.
3) Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
A gift of notable conservationist Laurance Rockefeller, Vermont’s only National Park was established in 1992. Enjoy a tour of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller mansion and explore the 600 acres of conservation land. After roaming the grounds on the carriage roads and trails, end your journey at the Pogue, a picturesque pond.
4) Cape Cod National Seashore
This 40-mile stretch of beach, ponds and marshes offers a diverse batch of seaside activities. Go for a dip or enjoy a sandy stroll along this pristine swath of Cape Cod coast. You can even make a reservation for a park ranger-guided group hike or kayak tour—your adventure awaits.
5) Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor, ME
An obvious pick—the oldest park on the East Coast has it all: 48,900 acres of forests, mountains, lakes and views. The rocky beaches and woodland landscapes are home to over 120 miles of hiking trails. Don’t miss the sunset from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard.