Enjoy a Free Visit to a U.S. National Park in April

05 Mar 2006, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA — Image by © Buddy Mays/Corbis

April 10, 2017 – Just in time for spring break, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation are joining together for National Park Week, from April 15 to 23. And if you visit a National Park on the weekend (either April 15-16 or 22-23), you’ll be admitted free to the parks that normally charge a fee.

There are 417 National Parks across the United States, so chances are there is one in your area.

I’m planning a trip to Gettysburg National Park, a famous Civil War battleground about two hours from my home over the weekend of April 22-23, and the spring blossoms promises lots of photo opportunities. Although I’ve been to several National Parks in the Northwest and Southwest, I tend to miss the local sites in my own backyard.

It’s the perfect way to spend time with the kids, since many schools are closed for spring break that week. However, if you can’t make it this month, the parks will also offer free admittance on August 25 to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday.