Visit A National Park For Free
Over 100 parks that normally charge for entrance and tours will forgo the fees, which range from just a few dollars to $25, depending on the park. Fees for camping and concessions are not included.
Free days this year will fall on the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 15-17), National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13).
Out of the 394 national parks, approximately a third do not charge admission. However, more popular parks such as Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon National Park charge a $25 entrance fee per vehicle.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made the announcement yesterday, encouraging all American's to make a New Year's resolution to visit a park this year.
"Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011," said Secretary Salazar in a statement. "There's no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle."
To welcome guests, many parks will also offer discounts on concessions, lodging, tours and souvenirs on free days.
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