Mt. Denali
A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska. According to the National Park Service, the summit elevation of Denali is 20,320 feet and is the highest mountain peak in North America. (Photo : Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

It’s time to celebrate the natural beauty of America. National Park Week runs from April 15 to 23, and there’s no better time to explore the U.S. national parks than during beautiful springtime.

“There are 417 national parks and each one has a story to tell,” Acting National Park Service Director Michael F. Reynolds said in an official statement. “There are endless options during National Park Week to discover someplace or something out of the ordinary. Whether one seeks relaxation, exhilaration, or inspiration, there is something for everyone in a national park.”

To encourage people to visit their park of choice, all the national parks will be open for free during the weekends of National Park Week on April 15, 16, 22 and 23. Head on to the nearest national park or pick from our recommendations below.

Yosemite National Park in California

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge
(Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

One of the country’s most spectacular natural sites, Yosemite Valley is a seven-mile wide canyon with…