Celebrate National Park Week With Free Admission To All National Parks
The United States is truly gifted with beautiful vistas in our backyard. This week is National Park Week and as a result, admission is FREE to all National Parks this weekend only. Here’s a guide to some of the must-see National Parks:
- Yosemite National Park: This California park was founded in 1890. Nearly four million visitors come to this park annually, with the majority of them spending their time in the Yosemite Valley. This mile-wide, 7-mile-long canyon was formed by river and then deepened by glaciers. Yosemite is best known for its waterfalls, but you can also find other great activities. The park is 1,200 square miles and within it, you’ll be able to find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. At Yosemite, you can tour the park via car or go backpacking, biking, hiking, or horseback riding. You can enjoy rock climbing, water activities, fishing, and more!
- Glacier National Park: Covering a million acres in Montana, Glacier National Park is a must-see. Drawing around two million visitors per year, the park offers beautiful scenery. The most popular thing to do at the park is to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road which offers a spectacular view. While there, also enjoy the forests, alpine meadows, mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise. Enjoy the historic chalets, lodges, and stories of Native Americans.
- Acadia National Park: Mountains meet the sea at this beautiful park in Maine. The majority of the park is on Mount Desert Island which consists of park property, private property, and seaside villages. The park is home to the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today, visitors go to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax among it’s charm.
- Yellowstone National Park: One of the most well-known of the national parks, Yellowstone is home to Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers. The geysers are the main reason the park was established in 1872 (as the first National Park). Yellowstone is a mountainous beauty. Home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is one of the last natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone. Visited by nearly 3.5 million visitors per year, the park covers 2.2 million acres in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
- Grand Canyon National Park: One of the most recognizable landmarks in America, the Grand Canyon welcomes around five million visitors per year. The Grand Canyon is a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide at spots. It is so vast that even from the best vantage point, only a fraction of its 277 miles can be seen. Most visitors see the Grand Canyon at the South Rim which includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermit Road, and Desert View Drive. The South Rim is open year-round and is the most accessible part of the park. The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen by hiking, mule riders, or river runners. There are opportunities for backpacking, camping, or taking a river trip.
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