The National Park Service knows this too, and was happy enough to share a list some great spots to see in the spring!
Homestead National Monument of America: In 2012, the nation celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862. The act provided the opportunity for citizens to claim and settle on land that was previously public domain. You can view the act at Homestead National Monument between April 25 and May 28. Seeing how this is in Beatrice, Nebraska, I don't think I will be visiting any time soon, but happy 150th!
Clara Barton National Historic Site: Honor the life of one of the most well-known women in American history. The founder of the Red Cross people! Celebrate the life of Clara Barton with free events at the 100th anniversary of her death. Awesome! Another location in Maryland!
150th Anniversary of the Civil War: There are tons of battlefield around Maryland, and I think it is time that I finally take a trip! My grandparents live close by two of the most famous, Antietam and Monocacy. Jake is also slightly obsessed with American history so I think we can make this happen.
Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP: I used to fly into the Dayton International airport every year at least 3 or 4 times a year when I was going to Miami in Ohio. Does that count? No? Damn. Welp, must head back! Maybe I will have time to stop for one of these.
De Soto National Monument: Anyone want to take a trip to Florida? I think there are a bunch of places there we could check out actually! :)
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. 100 years of Girl Scouts! I remember when I was a Girl Scout with all my little friends. Swaps anyone? Fact: In 1996, my roommate won an award for selling the most Girl Scout cookies in the San Francisco Bay Area District. Just had visions of troop Beverly Hills. Former first lady Lou Henry Hoover joined the Girl Scout movement in 1917 and was involved for the rest of her life. Herbert Hoover NHS will offer a day of education and activities to children in sixth grade or above.
Lowell National Historical Park: Lowell was a little out of our way during mine and Liana's road trip last December, but it might be close to you! Lowell Women's week is a celebration of women, past and present. Explore their influence through art exhibits, luncheons, a concert, and other events and activities.
Memorial Day Events: No better way to spend memorial day then at a National Park, or maybe the pool with a large margarita. But either way, there are plenty of battle sites to be had!