The last day of the year to experience all national parks, without entrance fees, is on Veteran’s Day, November 11th. If you’re an experienced hiker or just want some time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy the nature and serenity of a national park near you. This “fee-free” day includes parks and momentums such as Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park, plus free admission to the historic vessels in San Francisco’s Maritime National Park.
National parks are an incredible experience to connect family and friends with our country’s nature, culture, and history. According to recent data, national parks, monuments, recreation areas, battlefields, and seashores include more than 84 million acres with at least one in every state. The National Park Service Deputy Director stated, “The days that we designate as fee-free for national parks marks opportunities for the public to participate in service projects, enjoy ranger-led programs, or just spend time with family and friends exploring these diverse and special places. We hope that these fee-days offer visitors an extra inventive to enjoy their national parks.” It’s important to note that these fee-free days do not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. These participating California National Parks are free on the 11th: Cabrillo, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Lassen Volcanic, Lava Beds, Pinnacles, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Whiskeytown, and Yosemite. For more information about other parks around the nation, visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks-state.htm.
There is also an annual pass called America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass that allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas. The pass will cost $80. Additionally, free or discounted passes are available for senior citizens and military families. Last year, roughly 331 million people visited national parks sending $18.4 billion. With your purchase, you will also be supporting 318,000 jobs across the country.
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