Looking for something to do on your day off from school or work? All 398 national parks across the country will have free admission today in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“The holiday provides the perfect opportunity to visit a national park with a direct connection to Dr. King – a place where you could literally walk in his footsteps,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis in a press release.
Here's a list of national parks you could visit to honor Dr. King:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (Georgia) The site of King's birthplace, home, church and grave.
- Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail (Alabama) The 54-mile long trail where King led the 1965 Voting Rights March.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
- Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C.) where King gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
- Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Alabama)
- George Washington Carver National Monument (Missouri)
- New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (Louisiana)
- Nicodemus National Historical Site (Kansas)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the first fee-free admission day of the year for the National Park Service. The organization will also waive admission fees on 10 other days in 2013: the weekdays of National Park Week (April 22 through 26), the National Park Service’s 97th birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 28), and Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 9 through 11).
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