National parks across the nation are enterance-free this weekend!
The National Park Service is turning 103, and to celebrate, the park service’s usually inquired entire fees will be waived. That means popular California destinations like Yosemite and Joshua Tree will be offering visitors admission at no cost, so long as they visit on Sunday, August 25!
The National Park System accounts for over 85 million acres across the country in the form of parks, historic parks, monuments, recreation areas, battlefields, and seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state. Out of 418 parks managed by the NPS, only 115 charge entrance fees ranging anywhere from $5 to $35 dollars – as for the other 303, visitors can visit specified locations for free throughout the year.
Fee-free days are a great opportunity to discover a new place or visit an old favorite! But it’s probably worth mentioning that Sunday’s waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities like camping, transportation, special tours, or boat launches.
If you can’t rally up your crew for a last-minute road trip, there are two more ‘entrance fee-free days’ left in the calendar year. National Parks across the country will be free to enter on Saturday, September 28 for National Public Lands Day and Monday, November 11 for Veterans day.
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