9 National Park and Monument Hikes to Beat the Crowds on Fee-Free Day

On April 20, all national parks in the U.S. will offer free admission. Skip the lines with our guide
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National parks are meant to preserve and protect America’s most remarkable places for generations to come, but at the 115 parks that charge a fee, the price of entry can make them feel inaccessible for many. On fee-free days, however, the NPS goes gratis, waiving admission across the country.

“Fee-free days are always incredibly popular,” says Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the NPS’s affiliate charity. “They inspire people to not only visit parks in their own backyard, but also perhaps venture out a bit further to a park they’ve never been to before.”

The second of these free days falls on Saturday, April 20th, the first day of National Park Week. Skip the crowds and find your own little bit of solitude with the list below.