If you’ve been wanting to take a trip to one of America’s national parks, now is the time to plan it! To kick off the start of National Park Week, admission to all national parks will be free on Saturday, April 21.
Because the parks are free for all visitors, they will likely be busier than usual, so your best bet is to arrive as early as possible. It’s also important to note that only the entrance fee will be waved—not amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.
Here are some of the iconic parks you can visit for free on April 21:
Yellowstone National Park
Where it’s at: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho
Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park and is a must-see if you’re into nature. Not only will you see mountains, forests and lakes, but you’ll also be able to experience a volcano. This massive park spans an area of more than 3,400 square miles and touches three states.
Grand Canyon National Park
Where it’s at: Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park features a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep, according to the National Park Service. It’s certainly got some of America’s most breathtaking views!
Rocky Mountain National Park
Where it’s at: Colorado
You’ll find more than just mountains at Rocky Mountain National Park! You’ll also see more than 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers and wildlife.
Yosemite National Park
Where it’s at: California
Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, Yosemite National Park was first protected in 1864 and is best known for its waterfalls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, however, you’ll also find valleys, meadows and sequoias.
Isle Royale National Park
Where it’s at: Michigan
Perhaps the ultimate hidden gem of America’s national parks, Isle Royale is an entire island in Lake Superior. If you’re looking for solitude, it doesn’t get much more remote than this in the lower 48! It’s also the only national park that closes entirely for the winter, reopening on April 16, just in time for free entrance day.
Everglades National Park
Where it’s at: Florida
The third-largest of all the national parks also shows off one of America’s most unique and beautiful ecosystems. If you’re looking to fly south after the cold months in time for free entrance day, Everglades National Park might be the perfect choice for a family trip, especially if you are into botany.
If you can’t make it to a park on April 21, admission will also be free on Sept. 22 and Nov. 11.
If you’d like to visit the national parks year-round, you can purchase an annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for $80. This pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. If you’re at least 62 years old, you can buy a lifetime pass for $80, or an annual one for $20.
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