Join us as we celebrate National Park Week this year from April 20 through 28, 2024. Preserving natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, unique geological features, and recreation opportunities across the country, from Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Utah’s Zion National Park, and Redwood and Yosemite National Parks in California, America’s national parks are truly remarkable.

These cherished public lands are home to some of the most beautiful places on earth, and we can’t wait to celebrate them this April. Whether you opt for spending time exploring your nearest national park or simply take our quiz on national parks trivia that covers unique facts about our greatest national treasures, we hope you love celebrating America’s national parks with us.

When is National Park Week?

National Park Week takes place from April 20 to 28, 2024. Every April, this presidentially proclaimed celebration run by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation encourages Americans to explore breathtaking places, discover history and culture, and even volunteer to keep these places wild.

 

What is National Park Week?

While we write about and celebrate the natural wonders found within our National Parks year-round here at OnlyInYourState, National Park Week is a time to celebrate the natural beauty of our national parks and show our appreciation to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior as well as commit to protecting these incredible places.

Is there free admission during National Park Week?

On the first day of National Park Week, Saturday, April 20, all national park entrance fees will be waived for visitors. With free admission during National Park Week, there’s no reason not to visit your nearest national monument or national historical park. What are you waiting for? Get out there, find your park on the NPS.gov website, and explore!

Enjoy free admission to more than 400 sites managed by the National Park Service on the following days in 2024:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 20: National Park Week
  • June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • August 4: Great American Outdoors Day
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

These fee-free days are fantastic opportunities to visit some of the country’s most iconic natural and cultural landmarks without opening up your wallet.

How is National Park Week celebrated?

Special events will also take place throughout National Park Week, with unique in-person and virtual events throughout the country, daily themes, and more. Follow your favorite park on social media to discover all there is to do during this annual celebration. Be sure to plan ahead, though. This is a popular time to visit national parks, so be sure to make reservations for lodging, campsites, tours, and activities in advance.

Unsure which national park to visit next? Discover what makes each park special below — click on the park’s name for OnlyInYourState coverage, and check out each park’s event calendar and Instagram page for more details. You can also find National Park Week events in parks across the United States on the National Park Service’s Event Calendar. Happy exploring!

National Parks In The Northeast United States

National Parks In The Southeast United States

National Parks In The Midwest United States

National Parks In The Northwest United States

National Parks In The Southwest United States

National Parks Outside Of The Continental United States

 

What is the history of the National Park System?

America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park, was created when Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill into law in 1872. Eighteen years later, in 1890, the second national park was created: Sequoia National Park.

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How are America’s national parks protected?

While National Park Week coincides with Earth Day, stewardship of these incredible natural wonders occurs year-round. Legislation, hard work, and collaboration with park partners throughout the years have protected these public lands throughout the decades.

What is some fun National Parks trivia?

Here at OnlyInYourState, we love learning all about America’s incredible national parks, and we love testing our knowledge even more. Our local travel experts have compiled some of our favorite fun facts into the following national park trivia questions for your entertainment.

So, tell us, what was your National Parks trivia score? Which national park(s) will you be visiting during National Park Week this year?

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