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Free days at 401 National Parks

America’s best idea –the National Parks—offer you many free days this fall. Enjoy more than 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, 17,000 miles of trails, 5,000 miles of shoreline, 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures, and 100 million museum items. Enjoy the kind of time with family and friends that build memories that last a lifetime. NPS reports the following free days in the remaining days of 2014.
• August 25
National Park Service 98 Birthday
• September 27
National Public Lands Day
• November 11
Veterans Day
The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. Some parks offer free admission all the time. Only 133 of the 401 national parks charge a regular entrance fee from $3 to $25. Smoky Mountain National Park never charges an entry fee.

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

There are other ways to get in free or reduced admission on every day of the year
• $10 lifetime senior pass for those aged 62 and over
• free annual pass to current military members and their dependents
• free lifetime pass for people with permanent disabilities
• $80 annual pass for the general public

National Parks can get busy, especially on free days, so visitors can also consider nearby State Parks. Many National Parks are just a few miles away from a less crowded State park.

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