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The United States is world-famous for its natural wonders and amazing national parks. From the majestic Grand Canyon to the serene Everglades, America has some of the best national parks in the world. If you've ever dreamed about visiting, soon you'll have the chance to tour them for free!
America's National Park Week is coming back this month
National Park Week takes place all over America every year during the month of April. During this special week, the National Park Foundation celebrates America's natural treasures and offers amazing programs and events. This year, National Park Week takes place from April 20th to 28th.
The best part of the initiative is the first day when entrance to all parks is free of charge! Besides free entrance, the whole week is full of interesting events and special programs. To find out more about the event's full itinerary visit the official website. But first, browse our list to discover the best parks you can visit for free on Saturday, April 20th!
1. Arches National Park, Utah
Dubbed as the red-rock wonderland, Arches National Park is one of the most fascinating places on the planet with a landscape unlike anywhere in the whole world. Thousands of stone arches, rock formations, and canyons can be seen everywhere you turn, and its Mars-like structures are mind-blowing.
When you get here, you'll soon realize why it's called Arches National Park. More than 2,000 natural arches are located in the park, so prepare to be surrounded by arches, arches and more arches. Whether you come here to hike, camp or just explore the park on foot, it's bound to amaze you!
2. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
With blissful beaches, beautiful nature and sunny weather, the Sunshine State is a year-round destination to visit. An even better reason to visit Florida is for its amazing national parks! One of them is the remote Dry Tortugas National Park, located around 120 kilometers from Key West. Even though it's one of the most remote parks in the States, it's definitely worth the long trek to reach it.
With incredible marine life, coral reefs, a 19th century fort and crystal-clear waters, Dry Tortugas National Park stretches over seven islands. Animal lovers will especially enjoy the park as it's home to five turtle species, seabirds, nurse sharks, crocodiles and many more endangered species.
3. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Probably the most famous national park in the world can be found in Arizona. Almost 7 million people visit Grand Canyon National Park every year, making it the second most visited park in the United States just after Smokey Mountains National Park. This wonder of nature is famous for its canyons, river streams and unique, awe-inspiring landscape. It has several visitor centers located on the South Rim and the North Rim of the park. Its massive size will blow your mind and just to give you an idea, it's bigger than the state of Rhode Island!
The Grand Canyon's landscape was carved over the course of 6 million years and to find out more about its history, book a guided tour with a knowledgeable guide. There are numerous options for touring the park, from taking a helicopter ride, hiking or just taking a short walk.
4. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
This scenic national park hides an interesting and violent past. Crater Lake was actually born out of a cataclysmic volcanic eruption more than 7,000 years ago. The natural wonder is today renowned for its pristine, deep waters so deep it's considered one of the deepest lakes in the world and the deepest lake in America.
The lake is titled as one of the seven wonders of Oregon and that's no surprise because it's very imposing. Surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range and lush forests, the splendid lake is almost entirely fed by snowfall, making it one of the clearest lakes on the planet.