Made a New Year's resolution to spend more time in national parks, enjoying nature and learning about the rich cultural heritage of the United States? It's never too soon to start planning those day visits, week-end getaways and vacation trips.
Fee-free entrance to national parks will be offered five times during 2013. January 21, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is coming up shortly, followed by National Park Week, April 22-26. National Park Service Birthday will be celebrated on August 25 with free admission to all park sites. No entrance fees will be charged on September 28, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day weekend, November 9-11.
Planning park visits around these fee-free days will stretch vacation dollars and allow for more days spent in America's treasured places. More budget-friendly ways to explore national park sites include visiting the 265 parks that always offer free entry and purchasing one of several park passes that are now available.
Visit the NPS at Find a Park to explore the many possibilities from coast to coast and beyond the Mainland.
You'll also find the information you need plan a visit on each individual park website. It's easy to click out to any of those sites from the main Find a Park page.