As spring starts to lure everyone outdoors, it is the perfect time to go to a national park – for free.
Park fees are waived Saturday, the first day of National Park Week, at sites that charge an entrance fee. Although you’ll still have to pay fees for camping, transportation, activities and tours.
With 423 national parks in the U.S., there is a lot of nature to celebrate and appreciate this upcoming week. Now that there is spring weather shining through in most states, the urge to get out there is only getting stronger.
Other fee-free days at national parks include:
- Aug. 4: One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.
- Aug. 25: National Park Service birthday.
- Sept. 25: National Public Lands Day.
- Nov. 11: Veterans Day.
Yosemite park will wave their usual $20 per car fee, and Muir Woods is allowing free entry and free parking.
Check for current park alerts before you leave home, and make sure to abide by current National Park Service rules that require face masks inside all indoor locations and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.
Don’t forget your reservation: Yosemite National Park will require reservations for all-day visitors
Finally, if you aren’t comfortable visiting national parks in person yet, there’s some good news. The National Park Foundation offers virtual tours of national parks so you can explore them from your own home.