Free Entrance to US National Parks Starting Today

Photo: Glacier National Park, NPS/Tim Rains


As we covered earlier this year, the National Park Service turns 100 years old this year. On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee (over 127 parks) will offer free admission. Today is the official kickoff of the National Park Service birthday celebration, which lasts through Sunday, August 28th.

Thrifty Tip: Canada will be waiving all fees for their national parks in 2017!


Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:
  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day


Bottom Line

The United States has incredible National Parks. Check out the listing here. If you can’t swing a visit this weekend, make sure to plan your trip later this year. You can’t beat free!


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