National Parks Offer Free Entrance For Veterans Day
In honor of all the current and retired United States armed forces members, all national parks which usually charge an entrance fee will waive this fee over the Veterans Day weekend. This means that anyone entering National Parks Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13 can do so free of charge.
The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture started this fee free weekend in national parks in 2006. The waiving of the entrance fee to these public lands over the Veterans Day weekend is a show of appreciation to the millions of men and women in the armed forces whose job it is to protect our country.
Most national parks do not charge an entrance fee at any time, but those that do will waive the entrance fee for Veterans Day weekend. The list of national parks that usually charge an entrance fee includes many of the most popular and well known national parks. Not only does visiting national parks provide a wonderful opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the parks, national parks have the added benefit of serving as an economic engine for the many local communities which surround them including creating jobs and driving tourism.
It's important to note that the it's only the entrance fee that is being waived for Veterans Day Weekend. All other national park fees such as camping, lodging, or activities within the park will not be waived. While it's only the entrance fee that is being waived, many vendors within the national parks often coordinate discounts of their services to coincide with the national park fee free entrance days.
(Photo courtesy of NPB)