Find Your Park: Free Entry to U.S. National Parks

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National Park Week is April 15 – 23, 2017. Visit national parks for free this weekend!

This week we’re celebrating our country’s best idea: our national parks.

On March 1, 1872, the United States Congress established Yellowstone National Park, the first of its kind in the world. Today more than 400 national parks in the U.S. conserve land and wildlife, preserve local history for generations to come, and create local recreational and educational opportunities.

“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”

—Wallace Stegner

Looking for the right national park for your getaway to the great outdoors? With hundreds of national parks to choose from, your options are so good. Take an exhilarating hike among the wildlife to Yellowstone Falls in Wyoming. Camp out for a spectacular panoramic starlit show at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Or pack your beach bag and head out to lounge among the wild horses at the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland.

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Yellowstone National Park (WY), Castle Geyser. iStock
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And that’s just a taste of what the National Park Service offers. There are also national historic trails and monuments that preserve our shared history. Some of these are the Aztec Ruins in New Mexico, Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, Selma To Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, Chamizal National Memorial in Texas, Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in D.C., Manzanar National Historic Site in California, and Stonewall National Monument in New York.

Through the National Park Service, you can also visit historic sites honoring American icons. Visit Harriet Tubman’s residence in New York, Edgar Allan Poe’s home in Pennsylvania, or George Washington Carver’s farmland in Missouri. The list goes on and on.

Immerse yourself in our national story by finding a trail, monument, or park near you. On the weekends of National Park Week, April 15-16 and 22-23, take advantage of free admission.

Get out there and find your park! end

 

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