There’s always a few days each year when it’s free to get into the U.S. National Parks, but 2016 is no ordinary year: it’s the centennial of the National Park Service. And all Americans (and visitors to the U.S.) can help celebrate on the 16 (!) days in 2016 when it will cost zilch to spend a day in any national park, from the tiniest (we see you, David Berger National Memorial) to the most vast (road trip to Alaska’s 12.3-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, anyone?).
The entrance fee-free days for 2016 will be:
- Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 16-24: National Park Week
- Aug. 25-28: National Park Service Birthday weekend
- Sept. 24: National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
“Fee-free days provide an extra incentive to visit a national park, especially during next year’s centennial celebration,” says National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We added extra fee-free days so that everyone has a chance to join the party.”
As gifts go, free admission is pretty sweet: entry charges in the National Parks can range as high as $30. “With locations in every state, finding a national park is easy. The hard part might be deciding which ones to visit,” adds Jarvis.
Need help choosing? Download the free Chimani National Parks app, which features information on more than 400 National Park Service units, or check the National Park Foundation and National Park Service’s FindYourPark site for a list of Centennial-related special events.
(Photo © Yellowstone National Park)