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Free Admission to National Parks – April 21-29

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Come out and enjoy your national Parks this April 21 – 29 as America celebrates National Park Week –– free-admission-at-national-parksa chance to hike, learn, share, and give back in the nation’s 397 national parks.  This weekend marks the kick-off of National Park Week, when parks that normally charge admission waive fees and offer special programs.   Each year, we take this time to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans – 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures.   Whether it is your first trip, or the latest of many memorable park experiences, National Park Week is a chance for all Americans to get active while experiencing the amazing places that make up the national park system for FREE. Visit any of America’s national parks and enjoy free admission all week long!

As an added bonus,  Maine-based Chimani, whose iOS and Android national park apps normally sell for $4.99-$9.99 each, is giving away a million free downloads during National Park Week. Parks covered include Acadia, Cape Cod National Seashore, Cuyahoga Valley, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion and the National Parks app , a virtual passport for all National Park Service units.   Each app includes ranger led event schedules, auto touring points of interest, hiking details, restroom locations, free shuttle bus schedules, and breaking news alerts.

Fotopedia’s National Parks iOS app, redesigned to utilize the new iPad’s high-resolution capabilities and free during National Park Week, lets you browse through more than 3,000 large-format, high-resolution photos of 58 U.S. national parks by professional photographer Quang-Tuan Luong. You can view photos in slideshow form or set them as wallpaper, search interactive maps, and more; a new feature called Visual Stories will be published several times per week in a magazine format.

–The National Geographic Society’s new free National Parks app (no Android version available) covers 20 parks with interactive maps that let you filter by activity and seasonality, sightseeing and lodging suggestions curated by staff editors, galleries with current and vintage photos, and photo tips from National Geographic photographers. The app requires an initial network (cellular or Wi-Fi) connection to access content; in-depth guides that go beyond the free content cost 99 cents to $1.99 each.

–Using Google Street View technology, Nature Valley has created a virtual, 360-degree version of trails at Grand Canyon, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Yellowstone national parks. The Nature Valley Trail View project is part of the Preserve the Parks program, which helps to raise money for national park restoration. (Note: You’ll need an updated Internet browser to view the material.)


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