Around Town: Celebrate National Park Week @ Shenandoah, 4/16-4/24/16

Rock Creek ParkRock Creek Park is free this week! Oh wait…

All week (April 16-24) is National Park Week! You can get into any National Park for free.

Time to put your hiking boots and backpack in the car and head over to Shenandoah National Park this weekend (April 23-24).

You can also just stay local and use the already free parks or in the city or nearby. Rock Creek Park is a great hiking or biking destination, if you’ve forgotten.

Check out any of National Park Service managed sites in:

 

The overall National Park Service system has 409 designated ‘units’. 59 of those get designated as ‘National Parks’ and those usually cost money to get into. But not this week. See the complete list of all ‘units’ in the USA.

 

In the Top 10 of most visited ‘units’ in the country, we have three (all free), as follows:

#4 Lincoln Memorial
#6 George Washington Memorial Parkway
#9 Viet Nam Veterans Memorial

 

Around Town: Celebrate National Park Week @ Shenandoah, 4/18-4/26/15

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This weekend, April 18-19, you can get into any National Park for free. It’s National Park Week from April 18-26.

That means, for us in DC anyway, head over to Shenandoah National Park. Unless you want to go a bit further away, like to Tennessee for the already free Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

‘Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 18 – 26, celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone.’

National Park Week Event Calendar

The national park system comprises 407 areas, including 59 National Parks in all 50 states, DC and territories.

Find a complete List of all the National Park System’s designated areas here.

 

Learn more on how the national park designated areas are classified.

 

Get outside and enjoy your national park system!

 

These local parks and areas are all part of the National Park System!

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