Some of US national parks are free to the public during the weekends this month. If you want to find peace and solace by avoiding the crowds of tourists that are sure to hit up the popular parks, a new GPS website will lead you to off-the-beaten tracks.
Many hikers and tourists alike are heading to the US national parks this month's National Parks Week. That's why TomTom, a company that produces GPS, traffic and navigation products, launched a website that supplies downloadable trail maps for routes that are still beyond cool but less explored. This way, you can enjoy the great outdoors without the bustling crowd at your trail.
The GPS company cited that visitors to the US national parks grew 7.7 percent last year which also means 24 million more people hiking or strolling across the popular routes. The numbers can still go up especially after the National Park Foundation announced that all of the 400 national parks will be open for free this month on 15, 16, 22 and 23. This includes the world's 1st national park, Yellowstone in Wyoming, and Yosemite National Park in California. TomTom partnered with the National Park Foundation for the project, according to Lonely Planet.
TomTom's GPS website will lead explorers to exciting finds in the US national parks. Some of its less explored routes include the North Vista Trail at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado, the Deep Valley Loop in Saguaro National Park in Arizona, Cadillac North Ridge Trail in Acadia National Park in Maine and Lost Horse Mine Loop in Joshua Tree National Park in California. Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate "a dedicated group of influencer trails from top outdoor and fitness aficionados."
The National Park Foundation also plans to waive entrance fees that usually range from $3 to $30 on select parks in the coming months of August, September and November. Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland even offers tours guided driving and walking tours, according to your4State.com. If you prefer to visit outside of these months, you can purchase a National Parks Service annual pass for $80 to gain entry to all national parks.