It is impossible not to enjoy the National Parks in the U.S. when you get the chance to visit one. However, often times it can be difficult to find the time to visit or the money to foot the park fees, which sometimes can be as much as $40.00 per vehicle. Here are some dates to put in your calendar when you can enjoy all National Parks for no cost at all:
- January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16 through 24:National Park Week
- August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11:Veterans Day
According to the NPS site, “the 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.”
So find your closest park here, and ponder which gorgeous spot to visit here. Fun facts to ponder during your ramble:
- April 16th—just after you’ve filed your taxes, natch—is National Park Week every year, and it’s always free.
- Fourth graders and their families have free access to every park in America for a full year, thanks to President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative.
- August 25th will mark the 100th anniversary of President Wilson signing the “Organic Act,” creating the National Park Service.
- There were only 35 national parks at that time! Today there are 409.
Why offer so many fee-free days? As Olson says, “we’re trying to touch everybody we can who hasn’t been to a national park yet, to let them know these are great places.”
It’s tough not to get on board with that. See you on the trail!
SRC: See the original post here: www.travelandleisure.com/articles/national-parks-free-days-2016