Want a Free Visit to a National Park? Try One of These Five Dates
If 2023 is the year where you finally get around to visiting one of the hundreds of incredible national parks this country has to offer AND you love a good bargain, you can do both, if you do a little advance planning.
The National Park Service has unveiled its entrance fee-free days for the year.
2023 FREE ENTRANCE DATES:
- January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 22: First Day of National Park Week
- August 4: Great American Outdoors Day
- September 23: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Currently, about 100 of the more than 400 national parks charge an admission fee. They range anywhere from $5 to $35 per vehicle.
The top dollar fees are in effect at the most popular destinations like the Grand Canyon (AZ), Yellowstone (WY), Zion (UT), and Yosemite National Parks (CA).
Only one of South Dakota's national parks, Badlands National Park, charges an entry fee ($30 per vehicle). Wind Cave National Park does not.
Minnesota's lone national park, Voyageurs National Park, is free to enter.
In 2021, 297 million people visited national parks and spent $20.5 billion in local communities. This supported 322,600 jobs across the country and had a $42.5 billion benefit to the U.S. economy.