Nationwide heat waves have made it feel like summer is in full swing, but the years steamiest season officially kicks off June 21. To celebrate, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at its 394 parks for that day only.
That means you wont have to spend a penny to witness the Grand Canyons vertigo-inducing cliffs or be dwarfed by Yosemite's massive sequoias.
The only drawback here is that the solstice falls on a Tuesday. If youre bound by vacation days instead of a school calendar, we still suggest playing hooky and checking out one of our Top 10 National Park Hikes. Favorite picks include spelunking in Kentuckys Mammoth Cave, exploring Bryce Canyons otherworldly hoodoos, and retreating to Shenandoah National Parks leafy section of the Appalachian Trail.
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