National Park Week

National Park Service Will Waive Entrance Fees During National Park Week

The National Park Service has announced that all 392 national parks will have free admission during National Park Week, April 17 to 25.

Some parks will offer additional discounts, activities and special offers on tours, lodging, etc. You can read about the complete promotion at

If you live within driving distance of a National Park, this is a great opportunity to get out and do some serious picture taking. And if you have children, it’s a wonderful way to kickoff the summer. According to NPS, there will be hundreds of family friendly events on Saturday, April 24, for National Junior Ranger Day. Each child participating in Junior Ranger activities will receive a certificate, patch or pin.

Other National Park Week highlights include the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the 75th anniversary of the nation’s most visited national park—the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Our National Park system is a bargain year-round. Truth be told, 246 of the 392 parks do not charge for admission. The other 146 collect fees ranging from $3 to $25.

It’s been said that the best way to improve your picture taking skills is to travel to a place where better pictures can be taken. Here’s one great, free way to find out.

Photo of Cathedral Rock courtesy of National Park Service.