National Parks Week begins today!

Today begins National Parks Week which runs from April 21 to April 29.  397 National Parks are offering free admission for the entire week including admission to some of the most popular parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and the Everglades National Park.

Participating Parks by state

Huffington Post page of videos from National Parks

Presidential Proclamation

Be sure to check out the cheesy video the National Parks Service put on YouTube…

Along with admission being free for this week, the National Parks Association also has additional fee-free dates through 2012.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

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America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Mark your calendar for these fee-free dates in 2012:

  • January 14-16
    Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • April 21-29
    National Park Week
  • June 9
    Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12
    Veterans Day weekend

To make the fun even more affordable, check out these discounts and special offers from park partners and neighboring businesses:

Here’s a tip – many of your 397 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

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