Are you ready to take on some adventures in 2017? As you plan your travel wish list, keep in mind the National Park Service offers a number of fee-free days each year during which entrance fees to all 413 U.S. national parks are waived. So instead of paying $3 to $30 to get in, you can "Find Your Park" for free.
In 2017, there will be 10 days when you can enjoy a fee-free vacation to a national park:
- Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Feb. 20: Presidents Day
- April 15-16 and April 22-23: National Park Week Weekends
- Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
- Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
And don't forget, the National Park Service is in charge of natural gems such as Yosemite National park in California, Acadia National Park in Maine and Zion National Park in Utah, as well as many national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields and national seashores.
"National parks are known for their priceless beauty," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "They are a bargain anytime but on these 10 days in 2017, they really will be priceless. We want everyone to visit their national parks, and the fee-free days provide extra incentive to experience these amazing places."
If you're looking for more fee-free fun beyond these dates, you'll be glad to know that 289 of the agency's 413 sites actually have free admission every day of the year. But do your research before you go because while the entrance fees may be free, there may be charges for parking or programs — even on those fee-free days.
Now get out there and Find Your Park — for free — in 2017.