Every year I post about this deal but I forgot about it till now.  


You can receive free entrance to any of the National Parks on the days listed below.  Maybe plan a family trip or visit around one of these dates and save a little cash.

President’s Day weekend is a “free entrance” day.  So if you have a National Park close maybe head out for a nice family hike this long holiday weekend.

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – is even better when it’s free!

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2014:

  • January 20
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17
    Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day
Only 133 of our country’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

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. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.



We are looking forward to a visit to Denali National Park in Alaska this coming June.  If any of you have been, I would love any input and recommendations. 
We visited the Grand Canyon in 2011 and after our visit I now know why it is one of the Eighth Wonders of the World.  It’s no hype!  The Grand Canyon is truly breathtaking and deserves all the raves it gets.  If you have never been, I’d highly recommend putting it on your “Top 10 Best Family Vacations” list.  I know we will be back again when the kids are a bit older for some more adventures down in the canyon.  
 Here we are back in 2011.  My youngest was two and the oldest  was seven.  Next trip we’d love to ride some pack mules down into the canyon and stay at Phantom Ranch.  It’s suppose to be unreal and books up a year in advance.

Permanent link to this article: