Friday Photo: Happy National Oceans Month!

Point Reyes National Seashore in California.

The federal government has officially declared June National Oceans Month, and the Department of the Interior celebrated today by sharing photos and information on a few of the most beautiful coastal destinations in the National Park System—reminding many of us on a Friday afternoon that we’d rather be at the beach.

With more than 11,000 miles of coastline in the National Park System, it’s no wonder they’re so popular. These marine parks bring in some $3.5 billion a year to local economies (that’s the latest figure, from 2010). And while we often think about national parks as remote areas in the country’s vast interior, a number of beautiful beaches are an easy commute from urban areas. Gateway National Recreation Area, for example, is just a subway ride from New York City. Biscayne National Park is about a half-hour drive from Miami. And when outdoor lovers in San Francisco want a change of pace from the iconic Golden Gate National Recreation Area right in their back yard, they can head just 45 miles north to the stunning Point Reyes National Seashore, pictured above, in nearby Marin County.

Don’t forget, all 397 national parks are waiving their entrance fees for National Get Outdoors Day tomorrow! Check out some of NPCA’s favorite national park trips for other kinds of fun weekend ideas.

About the Author

Editor of Online Communications Jennifer Errick

Jennifer Errick is editor of online communications at NPCA.