The National Park Service is celebrating its 97th birthday on August 25, 2013, but it’s all of us who get the gift— FREE admission! The national park system includes 84 million acres of spectacular scenery, 17,000 miles of trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, and 12,000 campsites. That’s a lot of monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, and recreation areas to explore. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. While entrance fees are waived, keep in mind that other costs such as camping, tours, and concessions are not waived.
Did you know that the United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks for the enjoyment of all? Although 268 of our country’s 401 national parks never charge admission, if you want to save the usual $3-$25 fee collected by the other 133 parks that do, August 25 is your chance to visit for FREE. If you want to stay close to home, drive down to Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon, or head up north to Mount Rainier National Park or Olympic National Park in Washington.
Additional fee-free dates later this year include September 28, National Public Lands Day and Veterans Day weekend November 9-11.
Happy Birthday National Park Service!