Madame L has just heard of a great way to spend some time starting this Saturday (April 16) and all the way through Easter Sunday (April 24):
That's National Park Week, and all the national parks will charge no admission during that time, so it will be a great time to get acquainted.
Other fee-free days this year will be June 21 (first day of summer), September 24 (Public Lands Day), and November 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend).
The National Park Service has a page to help you find parks, monuments, recreation areas, historical reserves, trails, and all the rest of its locations, by state.
(All this of course depends on the government not being shut down. Please pray for Senate and Congressional leaders to find a way to work with each other and with President Obama to keep our government running!)