Monday, April 18, 2011

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks by U.S. National Park Services

Grand Prismatic Spring - Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Magadelic Rock

America's Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*
Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:
  • January 15-17
    (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
  • April 16-24
    (National Park Week)
  • June 21
    (First day of summer)
  • September 24
    (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11-13
    (Veterans Day weekend)
Making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.
Here’s a tip – many of your 394 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Festival of Flower Across America

Spring in its splendor is here and goodbye to winter! Celebrate the season and join mother nature as it explodes with blooming excitement to usher in the new season flavor and  all the fun activities that ensue.


South Carolina  Flowertown Festival: Summerville Family YMCA flowertown festival has been a tradition of South Carolina for 39years. It ranks in top 20 events of the Southeast. Join in the festivities in Azalea Park from April 1st -3rd, 2011. Admission is free



Rhode Island Blithewold Daffodil Days: Stroll through one of the best public gardens, Blithewold gardens, in New England this April and enjoy the sight of beautiful blooming yellow Daffodils. A great place  to unwind, enjoy some afternoon tea, and capture the beauty of spring . Festival runs from April 09 , 2011 to May 01, 2011 from 10am -5pm @ Narragansett Bay in Bristol, Rhode Island.

 North Carolina Biltmore Festival of Flower: Running from April 2nd through May, the beautiful George Vanderbilt's 250 room French ch√Ęteau's beautiful garden will be highlighted in hues of purple, orange, yellow, and white tulips. Enjoy an afternoon walk through the garden, sway your hips to live music, and sip on fine wine.
Photo from Northlodge.com

  
Texas  Bluebonnet Trails Festival:  Sponsored by Ennis Garden Club, the Ennis bluebonnet trail festival will be held April 1-30. Enjoy the 40mile sea of bluebonnets that line the roadsides and ditches of Ennis Garden.
Photo by Debbi Robertson

Washington Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: This festival has been bringing cultures together to marvel at the artistry of nature for 28 years.  The beauty of the tulip studded field keeps drawing thousands of people each year  from April 1-30 to celebrate the blooming of spring and life.
Photo by Stranj
Virginia Honaker Redbud Festival: Join the Redbud trees as they display their excitement in pink to celebrate the return of Spring.  Gaze at the electrifying beauty of the Redbud trees' blooms along with music, games, auto show, and canoe races on April 15th -17th.
Photo from honakerredbudfest.com
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