Celebrate National Park Week

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Earth Day may be over, but if you’re looking for a way to continue celebrating Mother Earth, it’s a great time to visit a national park. During National Park Week, which runs April 21-29, all 397 national parks offer free admission. Here’s five national parks whose hotels and concessioners are also providing other discounts and deals this week, so you can get started planning your trip today.

1. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Photo: Flickr/Grand Canyon National Park Service
Photo: National Park Service
Balcony House from Soda Canyon Overlook at Mesa Verde National Park. Photo: Flint Board, National Park Service.
Photo: National Park Service
Photo: National Park Service

The Grand Canyon’s usual $25 per vehicle entrance fee is waived all week, so you can take in the awe-inspiring views at one of the country’s most famous national parks for free.

You can also take advantage of this week’s special deal from Xanterra Parks and Resorts: a buy-one, get-one-free ticket for a guided sunset tour of the canyon’s west rim.

And there’s plenty of other activities to keep you busy in the park when you’re not simply gazing at the magnificent view of the 277-river-miles long, 18-mile wide, 1-mile deep canyon: hiking, biking, river rafting, taking a Grand Canyon Railway train ride and nighttime star gazing.

Kids, ages four years and older, can also participate in National Junior Ranger Day on April 28 at the Grand Canyon National Park. To earn their junior ranger badge and certificate, kids need to pick up a free junior ranger book at any park visitor center and complete its activities.

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