Travelers will have 394 chances to get something free in the week before Easter (plus another couple days).
During National Park Week, April 16-24, entrance to all national parks is free throughout the week. Find out about the parks and plan a visit at www.nps.gov.
Once in the parks, visitors will find lots of other free things to do besides hiking and picnicking. Rangers give free and entertaining talks, kids can become Junior Rangers, and many places have guided tours.
The park service points out it's a good time to "add some superlatives to your life list: the world's tallest trees (sequoias), longest cave (Mammoth Cave), largest carnivore (Alaskan Brown Bear), or the United States' highest peak (Mount McKinley), lowest point (Death Valley), or deepest lake (Crater Lake)."
On Saturday, April 16, the park service says, many parks will have projects that volunteers can take part in; April 23 is the 5th annual Junior Ranger Day.
If you can't make it in April, other fee-free days this year are June 21 (the first day of summer), Sept. 21 (National Public Lands Day), and Nov. 11-13 (Veterans Day Weekend).