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Entrance to national parks is free on Juneteenth. Here’s where to go in Northern California.

Grab your backpacks and hiking boots, because it’s time to celebrate Juneteenth with a fantastic opportunity to explore some of Northern California’s most beloved national parks. The National Park Service will grant free admission to all National Parks this Wednesday, June 19, to commemorate this special day.

This free day is your chance to adventure to a new destination or revisit an old favorite, all without the burden of an entrance fee. Please note that although the entrance fee is waived, it does not cover any additional amenities or user fees.

This is officially the last day of free National Park admission for the year! So, where should you spend your Juneteenth in the breathtaking wilderness of Northern California? Here are some of our favorite national parks waiting to be explored:

Redwoods National Park

Northern California residents know the Redwood National Forest as one of the greatest beauties on the planet. The tallest trees in the world create a dome around the park’s paths, creating an unparalleled experience of feeling at one with nature.

Redwood National Park in Humboldt can offer its visitors some of the most memorable hikes. There are not many places in the world where you can walk for miles in natural shade. The forest is full of great hiking trails, from easy to strenuous. Here are 13 breathtaking hikes in Redwoods National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

One of the best places to visit in Northern California is Lassen Volcanic National Park, with great hikes, picturesque lakes and fascinating hydrothermal activity. In one of the most underrated parks in the world, you can climb a peak, enjoy the lakes and streams, learn about the park’s four different types of volcanoes, find a waterfall, or go on a camping adventure.

Since it is spring in Lassen, the highway through the park is not fully open, but you can still traverse much of the park. Be here The 10 Best Summer Activities to Do in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Yosemite National Park

The iconic beauty of Yosemite National Park is world famous and for good reason. The park is packed with enormous rock formations, gigantic waterfalls, iconic rivers and breathtaking views. Our favorite destinations to see in Yosemite? The waterfalls. Get a tour of 10 beautiful waterfalls in Yosemite National Park

National Monument Lava Beds

Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geologically and historically. Over the past half million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you. Here are 5 great adventures in Lava Beds National Monument.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

The beautiful crystal clear waters of Whiskeytown Lake, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the park’s most striking feature. However, water recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake are home to four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush. Here is a guide to enjoying the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.