The coming week may be the prefect chance to take a day trip to that national park that is a little further than “just around the corner”. The National Park Service will waive fees starting Saturday for National Park Week (April 16 to April 24).
The park service also turns 100 this year, and lots of celebratory events are scheduled. Children can earn a junior ranger badge and take part in kids’ programs on Saturday, National Junior Ranger Day. Volunteers are welcome to help out in the parks on Earth Day, April 22.
Only a third of the 411 national park sites charge entrance fees, but they’re the biggies: places like Denali in Alaska, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Zion in Utah. But even if your near-by national parks don’t charge to get in, taking advantage of the special programming will make the trip worth it.
The National Park Service’s online map lists the parks in every state, find one near you, load up the family truckster and get started planning your adventure!