Hit the Trails this Spring Break!

Angel's landing

National parks are the ultimate spring getaway: no longer snowy and inaccessible, not yet too hot under the summer sun.  We have so many beautiful parks across the country, full of outdoor adventures for folks of all ages and wilderness experience.

If you're hoping to head to a National Park this spring break (or summer!), now is the time to start planning.

 

With large numbers of people and limited space, many parks across the country require timed reservations or permits for their most popular spots (like Angel's Landing, Half Dome, and Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road).  Looking to book a permit or reservation?  Travel publisher Lonely Planet has a great online resource with go-live dates for various park's reservations and permit lotteries.  Or if you want to avoid the crowds, check out their 2022 list of underrated national parks!

 

Lonely Planet also has some great new national park guides coming out this February!  Full of great hikes and updated info about food, lodging, and more, these are the park guide books to beat.

California & Southwest USA's National Parks Great Lakes & Midwest USA's National Parks Florida & the South National Parks New England & Mid-Atlantic States National Parks Rocky Mountains & Pacific Northwest National Parks

 

Want to take advantage of one of the the National Park Service's 2023 free dates?

National Parks are free to enter only a few days of the year!  If you plan to visit a park on one of these free entry days, make sure to double-check whether the park requires reservations.

• April 22 – First day of  National Park Week
• August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day
• September 23 – National Public Lands Day
• November 11 – Veterans Day

 

Happy wandering!