Make the most of your first three-day weekend of the year on January 17 to 20, 2014.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated on Monday, January 20, 2014 when free entrance is offered to all of the nation's 401 national parks. Plan ahead on the nine days throughout the year when U.S. National Parks admission is free, as parks will attract larger than normal attendance.
California's 26 national parks include some of the nation's most popular ones with annual attendance climbing toward 40 million.
Free time in the Bay Area
For those looking to stay in the San Francisco Bay Area, consider taking the kids to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to tour the museum, the pier and see the different types of historic vessels dating from 1886 to 1915. Or take a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods where majestic coastal redwoods stand tall in the forest of dappled sunlight. Visit Alcatraz with its 35-minute self-guided, award-winning audio tour.
Catch a deal with Dine About Town, the restaurant promotion running from January 15 through 31, 2014. About 100 restaurants are participating in the discount program for lunches and dinners which has been successfully operated since 2001.