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If visiting a national park is on your to-do list for next year, it’s time to start planning the trip. On five days in 2019, you’ll get free admission to all National Park Service sites that usually charge an entrance fee. Yup, that includes smaller parks in your state and even large, popular ones like the Grand Canyon!
While the entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours, you will be able to visit the parks themselves at no cost. That means you’ll not only save money, but the fee-free days also give you an opportunity to either visit somewhere you’ve been before and loved or take a trip you’ve always dreamed of.
Mark your calendar and start planning because you’ll get free access on the following days:
- Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 20 – First Day of National Park Week
- Aug. 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
- Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
Not sure where to go? A Simplemost/Don’t Waste Your Money travel survey recently revealed the 10 national parks people most want to visit, all of which are included in the fee-free days. From Olympic National Park in Washington to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Yellowstone in Wyoming, the 10 parks on the list are definitely worth visiting.
If you’re not up for one of those parks, there are technically more than 400 others, but some of them are free every day, so you’ll definitely want to head to one that usually charges admission. It could also be fun to make a road trip out of it since your actual destination won’t cost you anything. If you have two months to spare, you could even follow this map that takes you to all the parks, but they obviously won’t all be free every day.
Will you be heading to a national park on one of these free days?