17 Free National Park Days This Year!

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — If you haven’t started planning your vacations this year, now might be a good time to start.

This week, the U.S. Department of the Interior released its annual list of dates when Americans get free admission to more than 100 national parks around the country.

The free admission days this year are January 15-17 (the weekend around Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 16-24 (National Park Week), June 21 (the first day of summer), Sep. 24 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend). In total, that’s 17 days when you can enjoy some of the country’s greatest attractions free of charge. Normally, the participating parks charge entrance fees of anywhere between $3 and $25.

“In these tough economic times, our fee-free days will give families many opportunities to enjoy our nation’s heritage and natural beauty in meaningful and affordable ways,” said Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior.

In addition to the free admission, several national parks are planning special events and discounts on these days. For example, Glacier National Park in Montana will trim $5 off the cost of horseback riding for kids (17 and under) on June 21, and Yosemite’s Curry Village in California has an interesting deal where the price of lodging matches the previous day’s temperature, starting tomorrow through March 19.

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