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13 National Parks to Visit on 2014 Free Days
January 20—Death Valley National Park, CA/NV

Although Death Valley is famous for being the hottest place on Earth, in January its temperatures average in the 60s in the daytime, making it the perfect time of year for cycling and mountain biking. There are more than 785 miles of paved and unpaved roads that allow two-wheeled access, according to the National Park Service, which means you’ll have plenty of options for exploring highlights like Badwater Basin—the lowest spot in North America—and Artist’s Drive, with its multi-hued rock formations. And, of course, you’ll save the $20-per-vehicle/$10-per-individual entrance fee.