St Mary’s Lake at Glacier National Park (Credit: Howard Snyder / Getty Images)
Natural beauty never looked so good! And you can see it all, up close and personal … for free! During National Park Week, a 9-day event that runs from Saturday through April 26, venture to 1 (or more) of the country’s 407 national park areas to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the United States.
Although nearly 2/3 of the 400-plus park areas let you in for free year-round, there are just over 120 that don’t, including most of the big ones on your bucket list, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. But fear not, as there is a way around their fees. Travel to any national park area on opening weekend (April 18-19), and your admission fee will be waived, no questions asked. Doesn’t get more beautiful than that, does it? Well, until you park your car and start exploring, that is. READ MORE
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a trip to one of America’s stunning national parks? Explore the awe-inspiring rock formations of the Grand Canyon, wander through the spindly cartoon-like Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park, get inspired at FDR’s Hudson River estate and presidential library, go gator-spotting in the Florida Everglades or watch the waves crash against the national seashore. All of these incredible historic sites and natural wonders have been lovingly preserved by the National Park Service, often called “America’s Best Idea.”
Starting Saturday (and ending Sunday, April 29), more than 100 of the national parks that typically charge an admission fee will be completely free to enter, and a visit to any one of them will inspire you to help preserve all 84 million acres of them. If you’d like to get involved and help out with a project, visit Saturday for Volunteer Day. Or take your kids on April 28 to participate in National Junior Ranger Day, when kids will be taught to “explore, learn and protect” the parks and landmarks that we have inherited. READ MORE