Visit US National Parks for Free on Select Days in 2018

Dec 14, 2017

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The US National Park Service has announced its fee-free days for visiting National Parks in 2018. The Park Service will allow the public to enter all 417 National Parks for free on four days next year.

Entrance fees will be waived on the following days next year:

  • January 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 21 — First Day of National Park Week
  • September 22 — National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 — Veterans Day

Although only 118 of the parks charge entrance fees, some of them can be a bit pricey. Famous parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon charge $30 per vehicle, and the National Park Service is now proposing to increase that to $70. Taking advantage of the free days could save you some serious cash. 

Unfortunately the Park Service has heavily reduced the free days compared to last year, cutting six days off the calendar. Keep in mind, too, that the free entrance days don’t exempt you from paying for extras like camping, boat-launching and special tours. 

There are also loads of points hotels outside many national parks, so make sure to so consider those when booking your trip to save even more money.  

If you can’t get to the great outdoors on one of the free days, the Park Service offers an unlimited entrance pass for only $80 per year. Active military, senior citizens, families of fourth grade students and disabled citizens also qualify for free or discounted passes.

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