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How to Celebrate National Park Week

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Bridget Hallinan of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 11: With beaches, lakes, mountains, and forests, Acadia National Park should definitely be on your itinerary. Although the weather will still be cool, Behr says spring is a good time to go, as you’ll avoid the crowds and have the trails to yourself. Plus, you can take a break from hiking and head to one of the nearby coastal towns, like Bar Harbor, for a quick bite.

This Saturday, April 21 officially kicks off National Park Week, and the National Park Service is celebrating with free admission to all its serviced sites and parks—even the 118 that normally charge entrance fees. Now’s the time to take that long-awaited trip to the Grand Canyon, or check climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan off your #travelgoals wishlist. After all, Earth Day is also this weekend, so get in the spirit and get outside. If you need inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 parks you should visit while the fees are waived—our editors’ favorite picks, recommendations from a national parks travel specialist, and some off-the-beaten path destinations you might not expect. So, what are you waiting for?

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