USA

This is When America’s National Parks Will be Free to Visit in 2017

By Luke Abrahams

Four hundred national parks and thousands upon thousands of monuments and historical sites are waiting to be discovered in the USA. Best of all, for eight days this year you won’t have to pay a single penny to see them.

While 137 sites typically charge admission, entrance fees will be waived on these eight days in 2017:

 

Saturday and Sunday, April 15–16 and 22–23: Weekends of National Park Week

Friday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday

Saturday, September 30: National Public Lands Day

Saturday and Sunday, November 11–12: Veterans Day Weekend

 

And if you can’t wait that long or are travelling to the US before these dates, buy an annual pass for a reasonable $80.

Here are the 137 National Park Service sites you’ll be able to explore for absolutely nothing this year:

Alaska

Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali | © Gail Johnson / Shutterstock

Denali | © Gail Johnson / Shutterstock

 

Arizona

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Petrified Forest National Park

Park Pipe Spring National Monument

Saguaro National Park

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Tonto National Monument

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Tuzigoot National Monument

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

Glen Canyon National Park | © Edwin Verin / Shutterstock

Glen Canyon National Park | © Edwin Verin / Shutterstock

 

Arkansas

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Pea Ridge National Military Park

 

California

Cabrillo National Monument

Death Valley National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lava Beds National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Pinnacles National Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Yosemite National Park

 

Colorado

Black Canyon of The Gunnison National Park

Colorado National Monument

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park | © Mavrick / Shutterstock

Rocky Mountain National Park | © Mavrick / Shutterstock

 

Florida

Canaveral National Seashore

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Dry Tortugas National Park

Everglades National Park

Gulf Islands National Seashore

 

Georgia

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Fort Pulaski National Monument

 

Hawaii

Haleakalā National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

 

Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Yellowstone National Park

 

Indiana

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

 

Maine

Acadia National Park

 

Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield

Assateague Island National Seashore

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort Washington Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

 

Massachusetts

Adams National Historical Park

Cape Cod National Seashore

 

Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

 

Minnesota

Pipestone National Monument

 

Mississippi

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Vicksburg National Military Park

 

Missouri

Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

 

Montana

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Glacier National Park

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park | © Suzi Pratt / Shutterstock

Yellowstone National Park | © Suzi Pratt / Shutterstock

 

Nebraska

Scotts Bluff National Monument

 

Nevada

Death Valley National Park

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

 

New Hampshire

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site