All US National Parks are free to enter on Saturday, September 24, to celebrate National Public Lands Day. The day is a celebration of the connection between people and green space, and encourages the use of nature for education, recreation, and health benefits.
Many of the 400+ National Parks in the US are free to enter at all times, but on Saturday all the rest will be waiving their fees, including Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Rocky Mountain, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Zion to make just a few (check out the full list of all parks participating).
This doesn't include additional fees for camping, special tours, boat launches, or transport, but it's a great opportunity to take a daytrip and immerse yourself in nature. If you're not sure where to head, we've got some suggestions.
National Parks for families
Yosemite is one of the best National Parks for exploring with a family thanks to its great infrastructure, which includes smooth paved routes for walking, free shuttle buses, and plenty of shops and restaurants. It's also stunningly beautiful.
Rocky Mountain is also particularly accessible for visitors of all ages, with plenty of flat trails for easy hiking. Make sure you pack your best binoculars too, because we're in the middle of the elk rut, when these majestic animals are at their most impressive.
Carlsbad Caverns is fantastic for kids, who'll love exploring the limestone caves full of stalactites and stalagmites. Above ground, there are excellent hiking trails to enjoy.
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