Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2017 Free Admission Days to All U.S. National Parks

A new year marks a new year of getting out and visiting our nation’s awesome national park system. It’s also a new year for free days from the National Park Service at all of its 413 properties. While I 100% advocate and strongly encourage you to purchase an annual 'America The Beautiful' National Parks Pass (in which all funds go directly back to support the upkeep and preservation of our parks), this list of fee-free days is perfect for someone looking to try-out a national park for the first time. If you’ve never been to a U.S. national park, now is the time. Across all fifty states and beyond, there are tons of national parks, monuments, historic sites, lakeshores, recreation areas....oh the list goes on and on! With over 400 options to choose from, you can definitely find something that fixes your taste for adventure.  If you’re going to visit anyone of the NPS places for free, do consider making a small donation in return as a meaning of thanks. These are our vast public lands we're lucky to own and have the ability to recreate on. We owe it to go and support them and experience their sheer, raw beauty. Here’s the upcoming calendar for free admission days:

January 16, 2017- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20, 2017- Presidents Day
April 15 to 16, 2017- National Park Week Weekend
April 22 to 23, 2017- National Park Week Weekend
August 25, 2017- National Park Service Birthday…they’re turning 101 this year!
September 30, 2017- National Public Lands Day
November 11 to 12, 2017- Veterans Day Weekend

Miss out on a free day? Fear not, there are over 275 places run by the National Park Service that don’t charge an admission fee at all every day of the year, like the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site right outside of Badlands National Park.

So get out there and go #FindYourPark, I know I plan on making a trip down to Big Bend National Park in Texas, the Grand Canyon and hopefully out to the PAC-northwest too to check out Olympic or North Cascades National Parks.


[Source: NPS.gov]