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The National Park Service is turning 100 and you’re invited to the party

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Our National Parks Service doesn’t celebrate its birthday like most people. In honor of turning 100 years old in 2016, the National Parks Service is throwing itself a 16-day birthday bash spread across the calendar. Very ambitious for a centenarian. As a curator of cool gifts for men, we’re all about a good birthday party. So we’ve got the inside scoop on this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

The soiree hit full stride during National Park Week in April. But good news: Soon it’ll be back on ‘til the break of dawn. Well, technically, until a given park closes. Please observe posted hours of operation. From Thursday, 8/25, through Sunday, 8/28, you can take advantage of free entry to National Parks. It’s going to be even better than pulling into a metered parking space after 8 p.m. or on a Sunday or holiday.

So now that you know the “when,” you just need to plan the “where.” There are more than 400 parks open to everyone across the country. Of those, 124 parks with daily admission fees are waiving the cover charge. It’s the perfect chance to return to one of your favorite sites or discover a new one. In case you can’t decide and you’re a fan of last-minute travel, here’s the list of parks that normally charge a fee.


Denali National Park & Preserve


Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Petrified Forest National Park

Pipe Spring National Monument

Saguaro National Park

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Tonto National Monument

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Tuzigoot National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Wupatki National Monument


Fort Smith National Historic Site

Pea Ridge National Military Park


Whiskeytown National Recreation Area – Whiskeytown, CA

Admittedly, we saw whiskey in the name and we got a little excited. There’s actually a lot to get excited about at this majestic 39,000-acre lakeside area just outside of Redding. The big draw to this crystal-clear lake is the boating and water-based recreation activities. Rich in history from the California Gold Rush, Whiskeytown is also home to four waterfalls and 70 miles of hiking trails.

All that hiking and boating will make you hungrier than a grizzly bear after awakening from hibernation. If you’re camping, we have just the thing for the ultimate lakeside dining experience. The Dutch Oven Kit turns standard campfire cooking into gourmet greatness.

Cabrillo National Monument

Death Valley National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Pinnacles National Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Yosemite National Park


Dinosaur National Monument – Dinosaur, CO

You could go to Mount Rushmore and see the faces of four of America’s finest presidents chiseled into the side of a mountain. It’s the inspiration for our very own Mount Rubsmore meat rubs. But if you want to see impressive figures from prehistoric times naturally embedded in rock, aptly named Dinosaur National Monument is a must-see. Surrounded by mountains, deserts and raging rivers, this park will make you feel like you’re on the set of an Indiana Jones flick.

The rugged adventurer shan’t brave the land of the lost without the proper gear. The Outdoor Survival Crate won’t let him down.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park


Canaveral National Seashore

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Dry Tortugas National Park

Everglades National Park

Gulf Islands National Seashore


Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Fort Pulaski National Monument


Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Hawai’i National Park, HI

Remember when Earth was just one massive super continent? We don’t either. But if you ever need a molten-hot reminder of what our planet is made of, check out this Hawai’ian marvel. Seeing the sheer power of a volcanic eruption in person is breathtaking, jaw dropping and mind blowing all at once.

Haleakalā National Park

Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park


Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Yellowstone National Park


Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – Lincoln City, IN

From humble beginnings came one our nation’s greatest leaders. “There I grew up,” Lincoln said of his Southern Indiana homestead. Spend a day getting to know the boyhood tales of the man that would one day adorn the penny and chillax in that giant comfy-looking cement chair in Washington.

This is quite possibly where Abe first started growing his trademark beard. The Beard Wrangler Mini Crate would’ve come in handy.


Acadia National Park


Antietam National Battlefield

Assateague Island National Seashore

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort Washington Park

Harper's Ferry National Historical Park


Adams National Historical Park

Cape Cod National Seashore


Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


Pipestone National Monument


Gulf Islands National Seashore

Vicksburg National Military Park


Harry S. Truman National Historic Site

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield


Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Glacier National Park

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Yellowstone National Park


Scotts Bluff National Monument


Death Valley National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico

Aztec Ruins National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

White Sands National Monument

Valles Caldera National Preserve

New York

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Saratoga National Historical Park

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park


James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial


Fort Smith National Historic Site


Crater Lake National Park

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park


Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina

Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Jewel Cave National Monument


Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park


Big Bend National Park

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Padre Island National Seashore


Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Natural Bridges National Monument

Zion National Park

Virgin Islands

Christiansted National Historic Site


Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

Assateague Island National Seashore

Colonial National Historical Park

George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park

Prince William Forest Park

Shenandoah National Park


Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park

West Virginia

Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park – Harper’s Ferry, WV

Where the Potomac River meets the Shenandoah, you’ll find the hidden treasure of Harper’s Ferry. You’ll feel like you just stepped out of a DeLorean set to 1859 when you arrive at this historic community that was the site of an critical raid leading up to the Civil War. If you hike the serene trails, explore the battlefields and check out the museums, it will be money well spent. Except you won’t have to spend any money.


Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Devils Tower National Monument

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone National Park, WY

Yellowstone may be most recognized for Old Faithful, the geyser that shoots water sky high. This geological hotbed also features an array of other geysers, hot springs, mud pots and steam vents. While tourists “ooh” and “aah” at Mother Nature’s water show, keen fisherman are taking to the many lakes, stream, rivers to hook the much sought-after cutthroat trout. The park’s riverbanks are home to a large insect population, which attracts the trout, which, in turn, attracts fly-fishermen—and grizzly bears. Try not to let any bears in neckties pilfer your pic-a-nic basket.

Experienced fisherman may veer off the beaten path in search of relatively unfished waters. But they don’t have to search hard to find the perfect gear. The Troutdoorsman Crate comes with a Berkley Canvas Creel, a Kershaw Folding Filet Knife and Grandpa’s Grill Holder and other items to help them catch and cook like a pro.

There’s only thing better than enjoying the splendor and natural beauty of America’s National Parks in the summertime: Getting in for free. So get out to a park near you 8/25-8/28 and wish it a Happy Birthday.