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Escape to Nature’s Embrace: Free Entry Graces National Park Week


National Park Week is coming up — and that means free entry for visitors


National Park Week is an annual celebration of America’s natural wonders, and this year, there’s a special treat in store.

On April 20th, the kickoff day of National Park Week, visitors to all national parks in the United States will enjoy free entry.

Typically, about 108 national parks charge an entrance fee ranging from $20 to $35 per vehicle.

However, on April 20th, these fees will be waived.

This means that popular destinations like Grand Canyon, Zion, Rocky Mountain, and Yosemite will be open to all visitors without charge.

But there’s a catch.

Some parks require advance online reservations for entry, especially during peak hours.

For example, Yosemite National Park requires reservations to enter between 5 am and 4 pm on certain days.

These reservations cost $2 and are non-refundable.

If you’re planning an extensive trip with multiple park visits, you might consider purchasing an annual national park pass for $80 instead.

This pass provides unlimited access to all national parks and other federal recreation areas for a full year.

It’s a great option for those who plan to visit several parks within a short period.

Additionally, there are five other days throughout the year when national park entry is free: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Juneteenth, the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day.

However, these dates may still require reservations for certain parks.

So, mark your calendar for April 20th and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to explore the stunning natural landscapes of our national parks without spending a dime.

Just be sure to check each park’s website for any reservation requirements prior to your visit.

  • Overall sentiment: positive
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    “Visitors get free entry to all U.S. national park sites on April 20, when National Park Week kicks off.”

    “They generally charge about $20 to $35 per vehicle. A few parks require visitors make an online reservation in advance. Without it, they’d be denied entry on certain days and during peak times.”


    “Most sites typically don’t have an admission fee but 108 of them do.”

    “However, 108 parks don’t — including some of the most popular, like Grand Canyon, Zion, Rocky Mountain, Acadia, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Joshua Tree and Glacier national parks.”

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