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Take a Hike and Celebrate National Park Week

Updated on March 1, 2013
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Isn't It Time You Enjoyed The Outdoors?

The National Park Service is waving the entrance fees for all 397 National Parks in the U.S. starting April 22, 2013 honoring the annual celebration. Some of the entrance fee waivers include: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Others like reservation fees, camping, tours, and concessions are not included unless noted at individual National Parks.

Every state with the exception of Delaware has a national park. To find the closest park, use the National Park Service's “Find a Park” page (http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm). Several parks are also offering special events while others will provide additional discounts and promotions in addition to the free entrance.

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Create Your Own Adventure

National Park Week gives first timers and seasoned campers alike the chance to hike, learn, share, give back and enjoy – “84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures.” It is the ideal occasion to participate in preserving these spectacular places by exploring and enjoying the parks — so lace up your boots, grab your camera, pack your backpack and create a national park adventure distinctively your own!

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Additional Park Activities Include:

April 22 is VOLUNTEER DAY in the parks. Volunteer your time and talent at a national park site near you - a full list of volunteer opportunities and national park week events can be found online at www.nps.gov/npweek.

April 23 is EARTH DAY and there isn’t a better place to celebrate learning about the environmental than at one of the country’s greatest natural resources where there are many ways to get involved and make a difference.

April 25 is JUNIOR RANGER DAY in the parks. Introduce a young person to a national park and encourage them to explore, learn and then join the National Park Service family with an official Junior Ranger badge.

Share the Adventure

After your adventure in the park, share your experience by posting your stories, photos and videos on the website or with the parks’ Facebook and Twitter communities. To learn more, visit www.nationalparkweek.org.

For more information or to find a participating park, visit http://www.nationalparkweek.org or http://www.nps.gov/npweek to find events in your area or learn how to support the National Parks.

Picture Yourself in a Park

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    • molometer profile image

      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Terrye,

      What a great idea to open the parks for free. It has got to help a lot of people in these tough times to get out and into nature.

      Lovely photos.

      All the votes.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      snowdrops, you would enjoy any of the parks, they are all breathe taking. :)

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      snowdrops 

      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Looks very enticing. Love to visit one someday!

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Missolive, I really appreciate that! I didn't realize there was one either until a good friend of mine and a hiking NUT clued me in. I love visiting the Parks nearby and just had to check it out. :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      These photos are gorgeous and certainly tempt me. I'd love to gaze upon the scenery first hand. I did not even realize there is a National Park Week! Then again, I should not be surprised there is one. Thank you for introducing this event and I appreciate the additional links - great resource.

      Sharing on twitter

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Brian, very much appreciated! I'll trade you a National Park for a centuries old Castle complete with moat and dungeon (and a few ghosts?). :)

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      I'd love to visit any of these national parks they look fantastic. Many British people who have visited them rave over the size and the scenery and your pictures and video endorse this. I love seeing and hearing about where fellow hubbers live, I have voted this up, well done.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      So true, Danette! A couple of months ago, we had an issue with companies trying to drill and build a gravel pit at Elkhorn Ranch (Teddy's original ranch where he formulated the idea of a National Parks system). It stopped drilling IN the ranch, but the road to it has rigs all along it. *sigh* I guess I was just spoiled growing up in Alaska where there is so much wild. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      National (and state) parks are such a treasure in this country. We are fortunate that Teddy Roosevelt had the foresight to set aside land for parks.

      I cringe every time I hear conservatives and others talk about reducing their size or allowing mass cutting or hunting.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, prasetio30. If you get the chance to visit any of the National Parks, you won't be disappointed. Each one if unique and beautiful in it's own way. Thank you for your vote and taking the time to read and comment. Very appreciated!

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I'll visit this place if I go to USA. I love the pictures and the video above. Thank you very much. Rated up and useful!

      Prasetio

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      It sure does and I can't wait! :) If you get to go, please share your hike with us! :) And have a great time!!

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      emilybee 

      6 years ago

      This is awesome- so it starts tomorrow? Thank you for sharing this. This weekend I'll have to do some hiking!

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Thank you, Peggy! I am indebted to you! :) We spend quite a bit of time in National Parks. It's a great value, a wonderful learning experience and so relaxing. :) I still haven't hit the big ones like Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park, but it's on my list. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh how I love our national parks! I have visited quite a few and at one time my dream was to visit each and every one of them in the U.S. I don't know if that will happen, but it is a nice dream. Each and every one is well worth visiting and each offers something a bit different from all of the others. Nice to know that people can see them at no cost during one time of the year which is fast approaching. Thanks for the heads up! Voted up, useful and will SHARE.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      There's always time to do a hub! :) Sounds like you have lots of resources to write at least one on National Parks. So jealous! :) Thank you and I appreciate that!

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      My husband and I are huge fans of National Parks and have visited many of them across the U.S. I wish I had remembered that next week is National Parks week... Maybe there's still time to do a new hub...

      Nice hub on a worthwhile subject! I will link to a couple of my hubs on Olympic National Park. Voted up and shared!

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I love the Theodore Roosevelt because of the wild horses. :) I'm thinking about doing a hub on the wild horses of the midwest.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      100?! OUCH! I don't blame you for not wanting to go to the park! I'd be going to the movies or the pool. Stay safe in those temps!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Sorry can't go to our National Red Rock Park this weekend as it's going to be almost 100F. We'll have to see about the week after. Do enjoyed yourself.

      voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mt. Rainier, North Cascades Highway, and Olympic National Park....and you have Theodore Roosevelt which I'v been to.

      Nope, no more writing tonight; I'm done for the day. Maybe I'll do one on the parks next week sometime.

    • TToombs08 profile imageAUTHOR

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      It's not to late! :) Dust off that keyboard and get to writing. lol Thank you, I appreciate that! Everytime I publish it, I see something else I wanna add. Ugh! :) What National Parks are around you?

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God, how did I miss the opportunity to write a hub about National Parks; I have three from the past; you would have thought I'd be aware of it but oh no, not me! :)

      Great hub my friend; you and I are on the same wavelength and I like that. I'm going to link this to my other ones and see if we can't give you a boost.

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