The National Park Service is offering its last fee-free days of 2013 on Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11. So now is your chance to visit your pick of spectacular scenery, historic landmarks, and cultural treasures for FREE. Did you know that there are 17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, and 12,000 campsites in the national park system? That’s a lot of monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, and recreation areas to explore. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other costs such as camping, concessions, and fees collected by third parties are not waived.
The top most visited national parks in the West include the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Zion. Across the nation, more than 285 million people visit national parks and other units of the national park system every year, mostly in the spring and summer. But autumn is a great time of year to enjoy the most popular national parks without the summer crowds and traffic. Since wind, rain and even early snow can affect park roads and campgrounds this time of year, call ahead to be certain of driving conditions and closures. If you’re looking for parks in the Pacific Northwest, you can’t beat Crater Lake and Mount Rainier.
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the ending of World War I at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918. Following World War II, the name of the holiday was changed (enacted June 1, 1954) to Veterans Day to honor those who died in all American wars. The day has since evolved to be a time to honor veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime. In recognition of this service, the National Park Service is offering FREE admission to all national park properties for everyone on Veterans Day weekend.
No matter what state you’re in or heading to, with such a wide variety of park properties to choose from, there is something for everyone— scenery, history, hiking, wildlife watching and more. Veteran’s Day weekend is a great time to get out and explore, and save a few bucks at the same time.