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The Most Essential Gifts For National Park Travelers

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Gifts for National Park enthusiasts do more than tap into the spirit of the great outdoors—they celebrate our country’s longstanding tradition of preserving awe-inspiring landscapes. Decade after decade, new generations of visitors come to these stunning spaces, eager to experience the vastness of untouched scenery.

Wondering what to get a National Park fan for the holidays this year? Here are eight of the most essential gifts for National Park visitors in 2021. 

America the Beautiful Pass

The America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass offers free entry to all National Parks—including Joshua Tree, Olympic, Yellowstone, Acadia, and Arches—for the recipient and up to three other adults for 12 months. That alone is a lot of access, but the pass also covers visitors at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites in total, giving the recipient of this incredible National Parks gift seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. $80 from recreation.gov

National Parks Sculpture Necklace

Minnesota-based artist Grace Vanderbush captures the magic of the National Parks in these striking handmade pendants. Each one depicts an iconic scene from an actual park (think: Joshua trees, snow-capped Rocky Mountain peaks, the forest-flanked beaches of Acadia). And with a portion of each purchase donated to the National Parks Foundation, these necklaces make genuinely heartfelt gifts. $60 from uncommongoods.com

ChappyWrap Sea Watch Plaid Blue Blanket

Want to give a gift that someone will bring on every trip to a National Park? Look no further than ChappyWrap. The mother-daughter founded brand crafts the best blankets for both the outdoors and in the home. Durable and debris-resistant, these oversized blankets are perfect for picnic lunches in scenic areas. But these heirloom-quality blankets are also super plush and snuggly—perfect for keeping warm while watching the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park or making campsites cozier in Glacier National Park. $135 from chappywrap.com

Gundlach Bundschu Winery’s Outdoor Fun Gift Set

Gundlach Bundschu Winery has created a gift set that will enhance a loved one’s next night at a National Park. It features a puffy Rumpl blanket, a collection of tales from America’s National Parks, two white enamel camp mugs, and a bottle of 2019 Mountain Cuvée. All that’s missing is the scent of the trees and the twinkle of a starry sky. $175 from gunbunholiday.com

National Parks Pocket Notebooks

These National Parks-themed memo books from Field Notes are a stylish and convenient spot for an outdoors enthusiast to journal about their experiences in nature. Packed in a set of three, each notebook features vintage-style art from a specific National Park, along with a brief history of that park printed inside of the front cover. Better still, 5 percent of sales go to the National Park Service, helping preserve these natural treasures for years to come. $13 for set of three from bespokepost.com

Wendy Gold Studios National Parks USA Push Pin Map

National Parks enthusiasts will love commemorating their trips with this push pin map from Wendy Gold Studios. Handmade in the U.S., each map can be customized with the name of an individual, couple, or family, and arrives ready to hang on the wall. It also comes with 100 map pins the recipient can use to mark where they’ve been (and see at a glance which other parks they still need to visit). Starting at $75 from wendygold.com

Celestron Portable Telescope 

National Parks are not only incredible places to see Earth’s natural wonders—their dark skies and distance from light pollution also make them great locations for seeing what’s beyond our home planet. Give a National Parks traveler this portable telescope from Celestron so they can take advantage of stargazing opportunities on their next trip. Designed for people on the move, the scope and tripod fit comfortably in their accompanying backpack and can be set up at a moment’s notice—perfect for spotting planets, the moon, and star clusters on even the most far-flung adventures. $99.95 from celestron.com

ORCA Walker Tote

Having a cooler packed with refreshing drinks and sandwiches is essential for visits to National Parks, and the folks on your holiday shopping list will love this one from ORCA. It can hold up to 20 pounds of ice and keep it cold for over 24 hours, minimizing the need for annoying refills. The soft-sided body makes it easy to carry around, but this cooler doesn’t skimp on durable construction—it has a tough-skin bottom pad, a water-resistant dry bag front pocket, and a magnetic handle for easy opening and closing. $199.99 from orcacoolers.com

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