We’re already a few days into the new year and hoping that you have started your list of #parkchasing goals for 2019.
Planning to visit new parks?
Returning to some favorites?
Whatever your goals, we hope that you strive for new experiences in our national parks.
Once again the National Park Service plans to offer “fee-free” days this year to help you meet those goals. These dates are a historic tradition, allowing all Americans to access our protected spaces and visit a national park for free. Of the 418 units in the National Park Service just over 100 park units charge some entrance fee. Entrance fees range from $5 to $35 per person.
The 5 Free Days of 2019
In 2018 the NPS offered 4 days without entrance fee charges. That number increased for 2019, with the addition of the August 25, the anniversary of the National Park Service.
Mark your calendars and plan to visit a national park for free on one of these dates in 2019:
- Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
- Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
- Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
- Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Where to Go
Decided to visit a national park for free but not sure where to go? Park Chasers has hundreds of posts dedicated to unique experiences in national parks.
Check out the links below for our own #parkchasing guides. We have information on the more than 70 units we’ve visited including:
- A-Z list of parks
- A List of the Top 10 Most Visited National Parks
- A List of park recommendations by activity, like hiking, camping or history
- A List of parks by the state you live in
- The best road trips and scenic drives