Did you know that nearly every person in the United States is less than 100 miles from a designated U.S. national park, monument, shoreline, trail or historical site?
And did you also know that in celebration of these national treasures, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service have teamed up to offer free admission and loads of fun activities the week of April 19-27th?
Celebrate National Park Week April 19-27th, 2014
Yes, you read that right – free entrance! The U.S. National Park Service is throwing open all 400+ gates and waiving entrance fees on Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th. Can’t beat free for the opportunity of a great adventure.
If you enjoy exploring spectacular scenery and wildlife – if you savor experiencing of history come to life – then you don’t want to miss National Park Week! Visiting a U.S. National Park at any time of the year is awesome. Visiting a National Park between April 19th and April 27th is beyond awesome! And free, too.
So what are you waiting for? Perhaps a little inspiration? Ask and you shall receive!
Inspirational, Unforgettable National Park Moments
National parks make great vacation destinations. Why? Because they offer something for everyone. Whether you are young or old, a history buff or nature buff, an arm-chair adventurer or extreme adventurer – there is a national park to intrigue and engage you.
National park vacations are where we’ve created many audacious family experiences, shared countless moments that will be forever cherished. Today, I share with you several of our own unforgettable moments across seven national parks. Be inspired. Then create your own unforgettable national park experience!
1. Glacier National Park
A snowy July hike to Hidden Glacier Lookout at Logan Pass. Witnessing a grizzly cub eating berries. Geocaching along the Going-To-The-Sun Road. A picnic dinner on the pristine shores of Bowman Lake.
2. Yellowstone National Park – in Winter!
The bombadier ride to Old Faithful Lodge. Cross country skiing past Old Faithful at just the moment it erupts. Silently snow shoeing past steamy geysers. Breaking trail through fresh snow around a sleeping bison. Shhhh. Please do not disturb the wildlife!
Plan your own adventures in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Read more about our winter Yellowstone adventures at Yellowstone National Park – Your Family’s Next Winter Vacation?
3. Keweenaw National Historical Park
Exploring the remains of a copper mining world gone silent. Learning about “old-school” mining techniques. Going underground into an abandoned copper mine at Quincy Mine and Hoist. Hard hats and “official” mining jackets required!
4. Haleakala National Park
Getting up at 4:00 am for the drive to the top of Haleakala National Park. Arriving just in time to catch an early morning sunrise high above the clouds at 10,000 feet of elevation. Pictures can’t do justice to this experience!
Plan your own adventures in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii.
5. Denali National Park
Flying high in the sky past Mount McKinley on an almost perfectly clear, crispy-cool sunny day. Landing on a glacier high up in Denali. Making snow angels and snowballs in glacial snow. Sunglasses highly recommended!
Plan your own adventures in Denali National Park, Alaska.
6. Acadia National Park
Searching for ocean critters in the tide pools at Schoodic Point. Hiking to the summit of Acadia Mountain for incredible views of Somes Sound. Biking along miles and miles of carriage roads. Be sure to grab a lobster roll at the end of your adventures!
Plan your own adventures in Acadia National Park, Maine.
7. Grand Canyon North Rim
Spending a night at the Grand Canyon Lodge. Kicking back in a rocking chair as the sun sets over the canyon. Waking up early for a sunrise hike to Bright Angel Point. Witnessing the morning sun climbing up over the horizon. Sooo peaceful!
Planning A National Park Visit
Begin your national park search at the Winter Activities at Yellowstone National Park website. It’s loaded with practically everything you need to schedule your own visit, including these quick links to jump start that next adventure:
- Find A Park near you
- Plan Your Visit including tips for lodging and travel.
- Special Events planned for National Park Week.
- Calendar of events for weekly activities to best schedule your visit.
Don’t miss the opportunity of National Park Week’s free admission days. It’s a great time to get out and get to know a national park.
The National Park Foundation is also another great resource for helpful park information. Their tremendous efforts on behalf of the national park system are instrumental in keeping the national park legacy alive.
Can’t get to a national park during National Park Week? That’s ok. National parks are a great value vacation any time of the year. A national park vacation is one of the most cost-effective, budget-minded vacations any family can have. Where else can you pay just one low entrance fee to a wide range of adventures for as many people as you can fit into your vehicle?
Where Are You Going April 19-27th?
Chances are, if you are standing somewhere in the United States, you are within 100 miles of a national park, monument, shoreline, trail or historic site. So go wild! Get out and explore a national park this April.
Do your vacation plans often include national park visits? How many national parks have you been to? Will you be participating in National Park Week? Let us know in the Comments section below.
Hope to see you at a national park this year!