Oh, the thrill of a new stamp in the passport. It's a gratifying part of international travel that is sadly absent when touring domestically. Yet when you take into account how large the United States is, it often feels that crossing into another state is like going into another country!
For you passport-stamp-hoarders out there, did you know that there is a passport for domestic travel in the United States? Well, sort of. The National Park Service has a "Passport to Your National Parks" program in which you can collect a stamp for every national park you visit!
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So far I've taken my passport book up and down the East Coast, but sadly forgot to bring it with me when we visited the Alamo in 2011. (If anyone feels up to going there, changing the stamp's date back to June 11, 2011, stamping a random piece of paper and mailing it to me, that would be AWESOME!) Like stamps in an actual passport, these stamps represent far more than a little bit of ink placed strategically on a page - it evokes memories and experiences that you will treasure for a lifetime.
The program is a great way for kids and adults alike to get excited about all the wonderful national parks in the U.S. Next time you're visiting one, you should pick up your own passport book and start collecting your own memories!
Do you have a U.S. National Parks Passport Book? Had you heard of this program before?
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