This weekend: Consider a stay at your national parks

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Arches National Park in Utah

It's time you made yourself a "nature resolution." You know, set yourself a goal like "this is the summer I'm going to take a hike" and "this is the year I'm going to get outdoors more." The National Park Service knows this and wants to help.

The annual National Park Week continues through this Sunday in the 391 areas that comprise the National Park System. Activities include junior ranger days, educational hiking trips (which teach you how to identify wildflowers and animals, to name a few subjects), volunteer opportunities, and trivia contests.

Aramark, which runs many of the hotels in the national parks, is offering adventure and getaway packages, including hotel accommodations and perks like included tours, guided hikes or walks, and festival tickets.

Budget Travel is a huge fan of the national parks—just check out our month-by-month guide of the best times to visit the more popular ones.

Remember: It's not all about Yellowstone. Don't forget the national parks much closer to your home.

Need more inspiration to make your own nature resolution? Check out our Readers' Best U.S. Landscape Photos slide show.

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