Visit Oahu's new national monument, feed a rhino by hand at the Oregon Zoo, or get a backcountry permit for Yellowstone National Park.
- Oahu’s new national monument, the Honouliuli internment and POW camp, held as many as 4,000 people captive during World War II. nps.gov/hono.
- Woodrow Wilson dedicated Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, less than two hours from Denver, in 1915. Anniversary events take place through September. nps.gov/romo.
- Visiting Washington’s lovely San Juan Islands? Reserve vehicle space aboard the Anacortes/San Juan Islands Ferry using the Save a Spot reservation system. Book at (888) 808-7977 or takeaferry.com.
- The Oregon Zoo in southwest Portland now allows you to feed a hippo or a rhino by hand. A longtime zoo employee leads this and other encounter tours. oregonzoo.org.
- At the Anchorage Museum, the new SparkLab encourages invention with historical artifacts and hands-on activities such as testing electric circuits and creating a flying gyroscope. anchoragemuseum.org.
- Explore Ketchikan by electric-assist bicycle and on foot with Ketchikan Kayak Company’s new e-bike and hike tour. $99. ketchikankayakco.com.
- Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Mont., celebrates 100 years with deals and events all summer long. lonemountainranch.com.
- The latest edition of Best Easy Day Hikes: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness highlights the lake-strewn mountain landscapes of central Montana (above). $14.95. amazon.com.
- Enjoy Yellowstone National Park (and perhaps even its bison) with the new backcountry permit, $3 per person per night, for those 9 and up. You can also buy an annual pass for $25. nps.gov/yell.
This article was first published in July 2015. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.