One of the best bargains available to seniors is offered by the National Park Service. Called the Senior Pass, it is available for a one time fee of $10. US citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a lifetime pass that provides free access to the US National Park Service system.
Senior Pass works at five agencies with a bonus of two more
An added bonus it that the Senior Pass includes more than just National Park Service sites. The $10 lifetime pass also works at four other Federal agencies that include: Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and USDA Forest Service. As if that wasn't enough incentive, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Senior Pass for entrance or camping discounts.
Since the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority were not included in the authorizing legislation that established the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program, their participation is voluntary. (The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 authorized select federal agencies to create the America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.) For more information see: http://www.CorpsLakes.us/fees.
Senior Pass doubles as a discount on other amenity fees
In addition to free entrance, the Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In the case of guided tours, only the pass owner receives a discount if one is offered. Be sure to inquire about the specifics at your visitation site.
See America the Beautiful Today
So what are you waiting for? There is no better time than the present to explore the beauty of our federal land system. For bucket-list adventures, you simply can't go wrong experiencing the National Park Service "crown jewels" for the sheer beauty and natural wonder our country has to offer. At the top of most lists are: Acadia (Maine), Death Valley (California), Everglades (Florida), Grand Canyon (Arizona), Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee and North Carolina), Olympic (Washington), Rocky Mountains (Colorado), Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), Yosemite (California), and Zion (Utah).
Challenge yourself by taking some time to also explore National Parks that might be off the beaten path. Some of my personal favorites are: Arches (Utah), Big Bend (Texas), Bryce (Utah), Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico), Congaree (South Carolina), Crater Lake (Oregon), Joshua Tree (California), Petrified Forest (Arizona), Shenandoah (Virginia), and White Sands (New Mexico).
Enjoy your Senior Pass experiencing what only America has to offer! After all, you earned it.