Starting Saturday all of the 392 National Parks in the United States will be offering free admission in an effort to get Americans out to see the beauty and diversity of our nation in an initiative they are calling National Park Week.
Having just recently visited Arches National Park in Utah I think this is a sweet deal and would love to take part. Unfortunately Michigan's only National Park, Isle Royal, resides a little closer to the UP than Detroit. My favorite, Glacier National Park in Montana is also a little far, but if you get a chance go see it because the glaciers are slowly disappearing (melting) with only two remaining. Here are some pics from Arches.
Some rad stats on National Parks...
Yellowstone was the first established in 1872
Alaska and California have the most with 8
The largest is Wrangell - St. Elias in southern Alaska
The smallest is Hot Springs in Arkansas
The most visited is The Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina
The least visited is Lake Clark in Alaska (debated)
Visit www.nps.gov for more info on all the national parks!