National Park Free Fee Days
To encourage Americans to explore America's natural beauty, rich history and culture, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on the following days in 2013.
The fee free dates for 2013 are January 19 to 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), April 21 to 29 (National Park Week), June 8 (Get Outdoors Day), September 28 (National Public Lands Day), and November 9 to 11 (Veterans Day weekend). More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
In addition, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service will waive their entrance and standard amenity fees January 19 to 21, June 8, September 28, and November 9 to 11.
"One of the great things about a national park vacation is it can be as economical or luxurious as desired," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "A visit can be a few hours or several days. One could pack their lunch or eat at a snack bar, cafeteria, or gourmet dining room. One could sleep under the stars in the backcountry or stay in a campground, motel, or majestic lodge. There is something for everyone at each of the country's 399 national parks. So mark the dates, grab a friend or family member - especially one that has never been to a park before - and come visit one of your national parks."
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park has no daily admission fee and is open every day of the year except Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day.
Did You Know?
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