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It's National Park Week April 16-24, which means all 400 parks are offering free admission.

Have you been thinking about visiting a National Park? Next week would be a great time to go. April 16-24, 2016 is National Park Week, which means all 400 National Parks are offering free admission the entire week.

It's National Park Week April 16-24, which means all 400 parks are offering free admission.

(Clockwise from the top) Zion, Yellowstone, Joshua Tree, Pinnacles and Bryce National Parks. (Photos by Yvonne Condes)

California alone is home to 27 National Parks, monuments, historic sites and recreation areas managed by the National Parks Service including Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Pinnacles, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Redwood.

Special activities for the week include programs for National Junior Ranger Day the weekend of April 16th and Earth Day festivals like the one Yosemite National Park  on April 23rd.

Some of our best times as a family have happened in National Parks and we highly recommend taking some time to get outside. Whether it’s camping in Sequoia, hiking in Yosemite or scrambling over rocks in Joshua Tree, your family won’t run out of things to do. These parks are a road trip away from Los Angeles and they are so worth the drive. Visiting a park is a great way to get kids off of their computers and phones and outside exploring.

Here is a list with links to the California National Parks you can visit for free during National Park Week.

Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park



Yvonne Condes (760 Posts)

Yvonne Condes is the Editor and Co-Founder of She is a Los Angeles Mom of 2, former newspaper reporter, and occasional marathoner. Also find her at her personal Latina blog and @YvonneInLA and MomsLA.

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