Tomorrow (April 22) you can visit the national parks located in New York for free

Tomorrow (April 22) you can visit the national parks located in New York for free
Tomorrow (April 22) you can visit the national parks located in New York for free

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Americans can enjoy free visits to national and local parks on several appointed days each year. The first day of US National Park Week, April 22, is one of these days. The National Park Service lists around 30 New York attractions that visitors can view for free, including the Appalachian Trail, Chesapeake Bay, Governors Island and New York Harbor National Parks. The Women’s Rights National Historical Park also showcases America’s civil rights movement and unique history. The parks offer US citizens a taste of diverse and rich cultural experiences, all for no cost.

Tomorrow (April 22) you can visit the national parks located in New York for free

Every year, Americans have several chances to visit parks, local and national attractions for free.

The National Park Service appoints several days each year when guests can visit the parks without an entrance fee, while usually it is several tens of dollars per car.

One of those days is tomorrow, April 22, the first day of US National Park Week.

Check out the National Park Service website to see which attractions are free to New Yorkers on that day. There are about 30 of them, but we have chosen a few of the most interesting.

Appalachian trail

The Appalachian Trail is a more than 2,180 miles (3,500 km) public hiking trail that traverses the scenic forested wilderness and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.

Conceived in 1921, built by private individuals, and completed in 1937, today the trail is operated by the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous agencies, and thousands of volunteers.

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Chesapeake Bay

Humans first arrived in the Chesapeake Bay during the last ice age. As the glaciers melt, different societies have learned to thrive in the world of water. When the Englishman Captain John Smith explored the bay in 1608, he documented hundreds of American Indian communities. Today, the locations on his map are archaeological treasures and sacred sites for tribal people. Stroll along the Chesapeake Bay and learn about the history of this incredible place.

Governors Island

From 1794 to 1966, the US Army on Governors Island was part of the social, political, and economic tapestry of New York. Today, the island is a vibrant summer seasonal event venue against the backdrop of two centuries of military heritage and the skyline of one of the world’s greatest cities. Previously, the island was open only during the warm months of the year, but now it welcomes guests all year round.

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New York Harbor National Parks

These 11 sites hold over 400 years of American history. Here you explore the past and its relevance in today’s life. From the dawn of American democracy to the development of trade, harbor protection, ecology, immigration, the vast themes featured in New York Harbor National Parks reflect the richness and diversity of the American heritage.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park

The Women’s Rights National Historical Park tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York, July 19-20, 1848. This is the story of the struggle for civil rights, human rights and equality, as well as the global struggle that continues today. The efforts of women’s rights leaders, abolitionists, and other 19th-century reformers remind us that all people must be accepted as equals.

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