Wallace Stegner said that the National Park system is the best idea America ever had, but we think it was deciding to make entry free (well, for a week, anyway).
Every year around this time, The National Park System and the National Park Foundation offer up a major freebie: Entry into any of the more than 400 national parks in America.
Only this year, that $0 fee feels particularly special: This is the 100-year anniversary of the inception of the National Park System.
Starting April 16 and ending on April 24, every national park will give you free admission, even the 127 parks that normally charge an entrance fee.
Yosemite? Free. Bryce Canyon? No cost. Denali? You got it. In addition, any child in the fourth grade can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program.
Bonuses this week include park volunteer service projects for Earth Day on April 22, and the National Park Instameet on April 23, where visitors will all gather at a designated place at a specific time to take photos and shoot videos to post to Instagram with the same hashtag.
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