We're incredibly lucky to live in the Hudson Valley. It's full of beauty, adventure and history.

There are over 400 National Parks available to visit every day throughout the United States and several of them are here in the Hudson Valley. As a kid going on field trips to these historic spots felt like a punishment, but I've learned to appreciate them so much more now and try to visit as often as I can.

This year is the 100th year celebration for National Parks. There are ten days throughout the year when you can visit local historic sites for free in 2017. The first already past on Martin Luther King Day, but the rest of the free days are as follows: Monday, February 20, Presidents' Day, April 15-16 and April 22-23 the weekends of National Park Week, August 25 National Park Service Birthday, September 30 National Public Lands Day and November 11-12 Veterans Day Weekend. On these days fees will be waived for entrance, transportation and commercial tours.

Here in Dutchess County you can visit Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Top Cottage for free.

What sites will you be visiting this year?

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