America’s Best Idea…the National Parks…Even Better When they’re Free!

Mark your calendar! The first entrance fee-free date for 2015:

January 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The National Park Service reminds us that our national parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature and history, and build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward the environment . Many of the 405 national parks, seashores, monuments, memorials and other protected lands never charge an entrance fee. But more than 100 U.S. parks that normally do charge fees will be free to the public on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 19, 2015.

If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands -- more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents.

Other fee-free days in 2015 are February 14-16, Presidents Day weekend; April 18-19, National Park Week; August 25, National Park Service birthday; September 26, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. During those special dates, entrance fees and tour fees are generally waived, although camping and concession fees may not be. U.S. National Parks.