'Free' National Park Week

From Yellowstone to Zion, beginning this weekend, April 16 – 24, the National Park Service celebrates National Park Week, where entrance fees to the country’s 394 parks are waived. Says the Service, “whether you prefer a 20-mile backcountry hike in Yosemite or a leisurely stroll around Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, [National Park Week] offers a chance to explore these places on your own.” For free!

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Beyond National Park Week, there are several other dates throughout the year were entrance stickers are free. Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:

  • January 15-17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
  • April 16-24 (National Park Week)
  • June 21 (First day of summer)
  • September 24 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend)

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