America is home to some pretty amazing national parks, and from April 16 to 24 they’re all free to enter.

The National Park Service is waiving the entrance fees in honor of its 100th birthday, which is this year. The promotion is called National Parks Week.

Though not all national parks normally charge entrance fees, most of the best ones — the Grand Canyon, Zion, etc. — do. And since all the parks are free, it makes sense to cram in as many as you can in a short amount of time. That means trying to visit several parks that are close together.


My suggestion is to hit up the southern Utahnorthern Arizona region, which would let you visit Arches, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, Bryce, and a bunch of smaller sites. Truth be told, a week isn’t enough to visit everything in that area, but since things are relatively close together that trip would allow you to maximize your time.

Or go somewhere completely different; Yosemite in California is spectacular, and the Florida Everglades are unlike anything else. Either way, get out and visit something this week.

For more information, visit the National Parks website here.

Further reading:

The Ultimate Southern Utah National Parks Road Trip

The one thing you need to do in the Florida Everglades

Three books you should read while exploring the American West

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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