The National Park Service turns one hundred years old this year. Celebrate with 16 fee-free days in 2016! There are 409 national parks, and 127 of them usually charge an entrance fee from $3 to $30. The first free entrance day is Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday, January 18, 2016.
Visit glorious places such as Yosemite and Muir Woods. Savor the holiday at some of the most beautiful peaks and valleys in California. Discover the park that inspired U2’s fantastic CD, Joshua Tree. Channel Islands National Park, Mojave National Preserve and the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area are also close to Los Angeles. Take a field trip, and skip the entrance fee at 31 other parks and monuments in California: Cabrillio National Monument, California National Historic Trail, Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument, Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, Fort Point National Historic Site, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, John Muir National Historic Site, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, Kern River, Kings Canyon National Park, Kings River, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Manzanar National Historic Site, Merced River, Muir Woods National Monument, Old Spanish National Historic Trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Pinnacles National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Pony Express National Historic Trail, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Redwood National and State Parks, Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Sequoia National Park, Tuolumne River and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
Spending the three-day weekend out of California? Click here to find other national parks across the United States.
Mark your calendar. This year, entrance is also free during National Park Week April 16-24, for the National Park Service Birthday, August 25-August 28, on National Public Lands Day, September 24 and on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Moreover, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability are entitled to complimentary passes. Seniors over 62 can purchase a lifetime pass for $10 and a $10 processing fee. Everyone else can hit the trail with an Annual Pass for $80.
See how beautiful this country is “from sea to shining sea.”
Details: U.S. National Parks – free admission. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18; National Park Week April 16-24, National Park Service Birthday, August 25-August 28; National Public Lands Day, September 24 and on Veteran’s Day, November 11. Various locations.