Best National Parks to Visit For Winter Holidays

America’s national parks don’t just celebrate our nation’s geographical and ecological treasures; they honor our diverse cultural heritage, especially during the holiday season. In November and December, parks across the country light up, quiet down and host events that give us a chance to reflect on what’s important in life, such as time with family and friends.

With work and school schedules often more flexible during the holidays, consider making your time together even more memorable by scheduling a trip to attend one of these national park events. To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of six best national parks to visit in december where your family can make memories while experiencing the magic of the season.

National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace

President’s Park, Washington, D.C.

  • November 30, 2017
  • Drive 4.3 miles north from Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark is found in warm coastal waters around the world—where it often encounters people.

Habitat and Range

The animal frequents bays, estuaries, coral reefs, and the shallow waters off beaches and river mouths. During summer some top water shark fishing migrate to typically cooler waters, including those off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, while others stay put in warmer equatorial waters year-round. Blacktips have been observed to live in sexually segregated schools except during the mating season.

Leaping Ability and Diet

Blacktip sharks are sometimes spotted above the water. They leap above the surface, rotate several times, and splash down on their backs. This dramatic display is sometimes part of a stealthy feeding method they use to strike at schools of bony fishes near the water surface. The sharks hurl themselves at the fish from below. Blacktip sharks supplement their diets with skates, stingrays, squids, and some crustaceans. These sharks have also been known to follow fishing boats and feed on discarded bycatch.

How to Scare Birds Away From Berries Naturally

Keeping birds away from our garden fruit ranks right up there with keeping bugs from eating all our hard-earned vegetables. Last year I shared this organic insect garden spray that works really well on lots of things including basil, beans, cucumbers, and flowering plants like roses and trumpet vines. That has gone over really well with huge shares on social media and Hometalk and lots of people chiming in on the comments on how it worked for them.

So I thought I’d share a much smaller victory I’ve recently had at keeping birds from eating every last one of our berries. It’s super easy, inexpensive, and doesn’t require the netting that makes it hard to harvest and sometimes ensnares animals (readers have told me of not only birds being caught in the netting, but snakes and even a cat got tangled in one).

Our blueberries started ripening earlier than normal this year (along with everything else in our warmer-than-normal spring and summer) and by the time I noticed, the birds had already gotten most of the ripe berries, shown above. I took 10 minutes, ran in to the garden shed to get my best way to scare birds away weapons and set them up.