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Skip the Entrance Fee During the National Park Free Entrance Days in 2021

Check these dates in 2021 for an opportunity to visit your favorite - or maybe a first time visit - National Park site.

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Written by Jason Barnette
on January 2, 2021
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Are you thinking of visiting a national park sometime in 2020? The National Park Service has announced the dates of the annual National Park Free Entrance Days. These five days just might make the perfect opportunity, and excuse, to visit a national park.

National Park Service Free Entrance Days in 2021 are on these dates:

  • January 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • April 17 (first day of National Park Week)
  • August 4 (Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act)
  • August 25 (National Park Service’s Birthday)
  • September 25 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

Some National Park Service sites have special free entrance days. For example, Wright Brothers National Memorial also offers free admission on December 17 – the anniversary of the Wright brothers first flight. Be sure to check the NPS site you want to visit for their complete list of free entrance days.

There are over 400 national park units throughout the United States and territories, and just a little over 100 of those units charge an admission fee ranging from $5 to $35. If you’re keen to visit the national parks more often than just these free days each year consider purchasing an America the Beautiful Pass for just $80; the pass allows free entry to all NPS units throughout the year.

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