National Parks

Looking for more free things to do? Make plans for free fun this weekend by stopping by any one of the 394 National Parks near you.

5 times throughout 2011 you’ll have the chance to visit your National Parks at no cost:

  • January 15-January 17: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • April 16-April 24: In recognition of National Park Week
  • June 21: To celebrate the first day of summer
  • September 24: In recognition of Public Lands Day
  • November 11-November 13: In honor of Veterans Day weekend

While most of these parks are free or low-cost year-round, these special “Free” days serve to remind us all of the parks and beauty waiting to be discovered in our own backyards.

We suggest trying out some of these great national parks this weekend or on any day:

Little Niagra on Travertine Creek, Sulphur Oklahoma
Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma will be featuring bald eagle watching on January 15 at 9 AM. This event is free and will feature a ranger program as well. Bring warm clothing, lunch, cameras and binoculars.

Natchez, Miss

Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi will be having a program on January 15 in honor of Dulcimer Day. Head to the Parkway Visitor Center near Tupelo, Mississippi from 10 AM – 1 PM. You’ll listen to the history, tradition, and music of the dulcimer, the first instrument developed in the United States. While you’re here, check out the William Johnson House. William Johnson began his life as a slave and was freed at age 11 with his mother and sister. With $300, William Johnson bought a barbershop and taught free black boys to cut hair. Johnson’s business was eventually worth $3000 and he documented the years of entrepreneurship in a diary that is his lasting legacy.

Monument Canyon at Sunrise, Colorado National Monument

Colorado National Monument will be featuring their “Exhibit of the Century” winners. 20 artworks are on display, reflecting the national monument and its history in the community.

South Kaibab Trail tree - Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is one of the most expensive parks, so take advantage of this day to save big.

Lake Clark HDR

Also consider visiting one of the 10 Least Visited National Parks. Many of these sites are remote (think Alaska’s Kobuk ValleyLake Clark, or one of its other 3 parks that make the list) but worth it for the spectacular views and vastness. One of the parks on the list is bigger than 9 US states to put it in perspective.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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