Are you in vacation planning mode? If 2020 getaways are on the brain, it’s time to check out when your family can get free entrance to National Parks across the country.
Some, but not all, National Parks have a fee for entry. Saving on the fee is the first step to stretching your vaycay budget and putting money back into your pocket.
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So when can you get into the National Parks without paying? The 2020 free admission for everyone days include:
- Jan. 20: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
- Apr. 18: First day of National Park Week
- Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
- Sep. 28: National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11: Veterans Day
With more than 400 parks across the country, there are plenty of parks to choose from. Whether you’re planning a fall foray, a winter getaway, a spring fling or a summer trip you can find a free admission day for every season.
Even though admission is free on these special days, other paid activities are not. You may need to pay amenity or user fees where applicable. These fees include the cost of activities such as camping, as well as boat launch, transportation or touring fees.
If the five annual free days don’t fit your schedule, some of the national parks are fee-free every day of the year (or at least every day they’re open). Some of the most notable entrance fee-free parks include:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)
- Biscayne National Park (Florida)
- North Cascades National Park (Washington)
- Great Basin National Park (Nevada)
- Lake Clark National Park and Preserve (Alaska)