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
Ah, the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like a vacation to hike Half Dome in Yosemite National Park or check out Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. And with millions of Americans visiting the parks this summer, there has never been a better time to show your support.
Now comes the exciting part: From now until Sunday, when you give to the National Park Foundation, Travel Channel will match your donation $1 for $1 up to $30,000.
NPF can do twice as much with your gift to:
- Restore 250 miles of trails and waterways
- Work with teachers in all 50 states to embrace national parks as classrooms
- Preserve and protect America’s treasured places through grants
What are you waiting for? Donate now to double your impact for NPF!
Now that that’s covered, we have one more challenge for you. How much do you really know about America’s national parks? Take our quiz below and find out!
This Saturday, ditch your spot on the couch and get moving in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Each of the 132 different celebrations nationwide will promote healthy living and outdoor activities through their information centers and “active fun areas.” Brush up on your survival skills, learn to fish and pitch a tent, or have your photo taken with Smokey the Bear! READ MORE