First Family to Visit National Parks

(AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
President Obama and his family will be touring the nation's national parks next weekend, the White House announced today.

The first family will be making stops at four national parks in the western part of the country – Bozeman, Yellowstone, Grand Junction, and Grand Canyon – during a "fee-free" weekend.

The weekend trip is meant to "highlight" the national park system and "encourage all people…to go to and visit the national parks," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

The president has previously visited Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, the press secretary told reporters.

"He tells a story of coming to visit to his grandparents that I believe includes both stops at Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, coming from Hawaii," Gibbs said.

The Associated Press reports that some of the stops will include town hall-style meetings, where Mr. Obama will most likely push his health care agenda. In accordance with presidential tradition, Mr. Obama is also expected to speak at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' convention in Phoenix.