America’s Best Idea – the national parks system – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.* The National Park Service is waiving fees for the week of April 16-24 and on several other dates this year, the Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, recently announced. Several of the National Park Service’s sites and trails are already free, but visitors to Yosemite will save $20 per car and those who want to see the Grand Canyon will save $25 per vehicle. Several parks will also host volunteer projects for the federal holiday, a day of service.
Many concessions at national parks will also be offering discounts.
- 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.