How to Visit National Parks for Free in 2020

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How to Visit National Parks for Free in 2020

Visiting National Parks

We have yet to visit a national park that we did not instantly fall in love with. The preserved, pristine beauty and the unique, vast landscapes that each park offers is well worth every trip! According to the National Park Service, 309 national parks do not charge entrance fees so you can visit them any day of the year for free! The other 110 parks charge an entrance fee of $5-$35 dollars. As way to encourage and motivate more individuals to get outside and explore our beautiful national parks, these 110 national parks will have 5 days this year when entrance fees are waived!

Free Entrance Days

In a recent press release, The National Park Service announced which days they are waiving entrance fees in 2020! They are:

  • Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 18 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Tuesday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 26 – National Public Lands Day
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day

On these days, only the entrance fee is waived. It does not include any other activities, such as camping. These selected days offer visitors, volunteers and veterans the opportunity to visit the parks and truly celebrate everything they represent! 

National Park Enthusiasts 

If you are passionate about National Parks and visit them often, consider getting a annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. It gives you unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. It only costs $80, which we think is a great deal! They  do offer free or discounted passes for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

To learn more, click here and don't forget your camping cot!

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