FREE Parks FREE Guide

Earth Day Travel

Grizzly Bear along Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park
Grizzly Bear along Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park

Each year in April, the U. S. National Parks open their doors for free. (Many parks are free all year long, but more than 100 of the 397 parks have a charge.) During National Parks Week, April 21-April 29,coinciding with Earth Day, you can enter parks from Alaska’s Denali to Yosemite in California for no fee. See the list of fee-free parks here. This represents quite a savings, particularly if you have a whole family visiting one of the super-star parks like Grand Canyon.

This year the deal is sweetened by Lonely Planet offering a free e-guide to the 15 best experiences in the National Parks, from their print book Discover USA’s Best National Parks. Here’s the deal, in their own words:

To celebrate, we’ve created a free download of our Top 15 Experiences, including great planning information, from our Discover USA’s Best National Parks guide.

This free download is available at our Facebook page or at . We also have great articles up on our website about visiting the National Parks. Where To Go When The Parks Are Free details our recommendations on the best parks to visit in April and Finding Solitude in USA’s National Parks has tips for those who want to avoid the crowds.

Which National Park would you visit for free if you could choose any of those that usually charge?


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About Vera Marie Badertscher

A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, or recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons . She has written for Reel Life With Jane, Life is a Trip and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

4 thoughts on “FREE Parks FREE Guide

  1. I’d visit Glacier because it’s in almost in my backyard (well 3 hours away). Have you ever looked at the total list of National Parks and Monuments? There are so many. And I want to see them all. Thanks for linking to my disappearing glacier post.

  2. reading that list of parks brought back so many good memories of places where I met history and landscape as a young child — the Castillo de Sam Marcos, Cumberland Island, Shenandoah, Antietam, Petersburg… it’d be a hard choice as to whether to return to one of those or to choose somewhere I’ve not yet been. I’m glad that the park service does this though, as it brings awareness to these parks, and others like the Great Smokey Mountains that are always free.

    which park would you choose, Vera?

    1. Hard question to answer, isn’t it? I think since I would have to make a quick trip if I went this week, I’d go to northern Arizona and re-visit the Grand Canyon. I haven’t been there for several years, and it is one place that you never can see too often, because despite the fact it is solid rock, it looks different every time.

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