Great news, outdoor lovers! Over 400 parks in America are fee-free on April 20! Although it’s only free for a day, each day includes a different theme for the rest of the week to celebrate different occasions. From Military & Veterans Recognition day to honoring the mental and health benefits of taking a nature break, every day will be a day to celebrate. National Park Week is not only the perfect time to bond with family and friends, but it’s also a great time to camp and get the adrenaline pumping with all the outdoor activities these parks have to offer.
Here’s a list of seven picturesque parks where you can set up your tent and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Know a cactus lover? Take them to Saguaro and they will remember you for the rest of their lives. The pink desert plus sunset can be a great backdrop for photoshoots and if you’re up for a nice romantic hike, take this scenic route.
Tip: Follow the Signal Hill trail and hunt for ancient petroglyphs.
With all of the Coachella pictures circling around the web right now, it’s hard not to day dream about the palm trees and vibrant music. Luckily, you and your friends can recreate your own version of the experience by driving just an hour outside of Miami, to Biscayne National Park. Pitch a tent, bring your portable speaker and enjoy.
Plus! Don’t forget your swimsuit. There’s a gorgeous beach just around the corner where you can swim and snorkel. Something Coachella can’t offer you.
Yellowstone National Park is a magical place on Earth – it’s like going to Mars sans the 300 day journey on a spacecraft. The Grand Prismatic spring is a must see, cloaked in steam and bright colored minerals and algae, it’s definitely a breathtaking view.
When you’re done admiring the spring, head over to The Old Faithful geyser and make sure you don’t miss the spectacular eruption of the geyser once every 90 minutes.
Although Asia has the best beaches in the world, you don’t have to go as far as Bali or Pattaya for a quick island getaway. Off the Southern California Coast is a five-island archipelago where you can go kayaking, fishing, sea caves sightseeing, scuba diving, and even whale watching.
Here’s another gem in California. If you’ve owned at least one Apple gadget, you’ve seen this photo before – their signature wallpaper is located in California’s Sierra Nevada. This is a one stop destination for nature lovers looking for both mountains and waterfalls.
Go camping in one of America’s favorite national parks, under giant Sequoia trees or go for a Yosemite and Glacier Day Tour, either way your weekend is guaranteed to be worthwhile.
It’s not quite the Game of Thrones setting you may be looking for, but it’s close. If you watched the latest episode, you can recreate Daenery’s and Jon Snow’s romantic moment at the Glacier Bay National Park & Reserve using the snow-capped mountains as the background.
And if you’re not a GOT fan, worry not. It’s still a picture-perfect escape for you and your family!
Of course, we couldn’t exclude the Grand Canyon from the list. Although the park itself is only over 100 years old, the river that carved the Grand Canyon into existence 6 million years ago has been flowing for over 70 million years. This park is a piece of history that everyone should have a chance to experience.
So, get your camping essentials ready and head to the park of your choice this National Park Week. Enjoy the free entry on April 20, but most importantly, enjoy the beauty Mother Nature has to offer!
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