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A Great Opportunity to Visit a US National Park

Sometimes all it takes to get a person to visit a National Park is a small incentive. In fact, that is what is going to be happening on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This is the first day of National Park week and it is special in another way, which is the incentive.

On April 21, all US National Parks open for a day of free admittance. This means that you don’t have to pay the normal entrance fee to get into any US National Park. Entrance fees are normally low anyway, but this gives people an added incentive to visit the park of their choice.

This event is made possible by a partnership between the US Park Service and the National Park Foundation. The National Park Foundation is a charity organization that supports the US national parks. The NPF works all year long to preserve, protect, and enhance national parks in the US.

The day of the free entrance is meant to get people outdoors and into the national parks. It is recognized that most people, once they have visited a national park, are likely to return.

As mentioned, the 21st is the first day of National Park Week. This event is somewhat of a misnomer as it runs 8 days. However, there are a number of activities planned for those eight days. This year, Earth Day falls on April 22. Earth Day has about a billion participants, worldwide, each year.

If people would like more information, they are welcome to contact the nearest national park or to contact the National Park Foundation. Either would be happy to assist people with their plans for visiting the national parks.

In case you wondered, here is a list of the US National Parks.


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Written by Rex Trulove

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    • I agree entirely. I’d love to visit a lot of national parks once again.One thing that is neat is that if you visit a park and then visit it a month later, there are different things to see. Most parks also have so much to see, in the first place, that multiple trips are a good idea (and a camera/cell phone/tablet with lots of memory for pictures is a great idea, too.)

        • If you include the entire southeast, Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, Ocmulgee, Congaree, Biscayne, Everglades, Dry Tortugas, Hot Springs National Parks and numerous National Monuments are all located in the Southeast; Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. (Technically, Arkansas isn’t part of the US Park Service’s Southeast area, but I included it anyway.)

  1. I’ve been to Yosemite although it was quite some time ago. I have to digitalize my slides from there in the near future.

    My wife and I were going to go to Glacier a few years ago but her father passed away and we were unable to go.


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