The naturalist and biologist E.O. Wilson once said, “Just being surrounded by bountiful nature, rejuvenates and inspires us.” People fortunate enough to live in Virginia know this to be true, because every corner of our Commonwealth is bursting with natural beauty.
Here in McLean in Northern Virginia, Vinson Hall Retirement Community residents love being able to enjoy a day hike or time outdoors. Not only does a walk in the woods rejuvenate and inspire, it also offers a sense of well-being that keeps us all feeling active and vibrant. From the boost of Vitamin D for bone health to the cardiac benefits of lowered blood pressure, getting out and enjoying nature is vital for health and longevity.
In honor of National Park and Recreation Month, we want to celebrate all the natural beauty that is very nearby VHRC. Here are six of our favorite parks and natural preserves. If you’ve not visited them, be sure to add them to your list this summer!
If you’re inspired and want to do more, the U.S. National Park System encompasses 423 national park sites in the United States. They span across more than 84 million acres, with parks in each state and extending into the territories, including parks in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
Older adults are eligible for a lifetime Senior Pass to access any National Park—currently the National Park Senior Pass is only $80. No matter if you’re exploring near or far, always be open to new discoveries — in nature, life, and in yourself. Here’s to the great outdoors!