Does driving through and stopping at the visitor center count as actually visiting a National Park Unit? Yes, in some cases. There are lots of National Park Units that are just a museum and a film. Well worth the visit, but it wouldn’t be a vacation destination all on its own. For example, Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is inspiring, but it is just one of the many museums and historic sites in greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Smaller Parks, Plan Your VisitWe always try to include visits to the surrounding National Park Units in all our travels. For example, if you are visiting friends in Dayton, Ohio make sure to plan a visit to Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and visit the bicycle shop where the Wright brothers made aviation a reality. Or if you are planning a trip to New Orleans, be sure to drop by the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park and experience jazz music where it all began. Nowhere else will you see National Park Rangers on stage performing. They provide live jazz performances almost every day at the old US Mint – that’s where the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park can be found. You won’t want to miss it!
HINT: Build visits to National Park Units into all your travel plans.