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Free National Park Days for 2011

nstarz 306 January 5, 2011 at 03:44 PM in Travel (2)
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America's Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:

* January 15-17
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
* April 16-24
(National Park Week)
* June 21
(First day of summer)
* September 24
(Public Lands Day)
* November 11-13
(Veterans Day weekend)

Making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many of your 394 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

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Arizona
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua 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
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park

California
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
John Muir National Historic Site
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Monument
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sequoia National Park
Whiskeytown Unit 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 NP & Preserve National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

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 Frederica National Monument
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
Yellowstone National Park

Illinois
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Memorial

Indiana
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Iowa
Effigy Mounds National Monument

Kansas
Fort Scott National Historic Site

Maine
Acadia National Park

Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
Fort Washington Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Mississippi
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Longfellow National Historic Site

Michigan
Isle Royale National Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota
Grand Portage National Monument
Pipestone National Monument

Mississippi
Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial National Memorial
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Montana
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Nevada
Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey
Edison National Historic Site
Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
El Morro National Monument
Fort Union National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park
White Sands National Monument

New York
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial National Memorial

Oklahoma
Fort Smith National Historic Site

Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Pennsylvania
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Steamtown National Historic Site
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota
Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument

Tennessee
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Shiloh National Military Park

Texas
Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Utah
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Virginia
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
National Memorial
Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Washington
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park
Whitman Mission National Historic Site

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park
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wth? for some reason that makes me laugh....good post OP.
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I like how they show dogs in that picture of Yosemite falls yet you can't actually take your dogs on any of the non-paved trails Angry Although I suppose that trail is paved now.
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I like how they show dogs in that picture of Yosemite falls yet you can't actually take your dogs on any of the non-paved trails Angry Although I suppose that trail is paved now.
We've been on Yosemite and Yellowstone. I'd recommend Yellowstone over Yosemite anyday for many reasons with the "paved trails" being one of them.
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Great, thanks!
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I like how they show dogs in that picture of Yosemite falls yet you can't actually take your dogs on any of the non-paved trails Angry Although I suppose that trail is paved now.
Heh, I almost wish dogs weren't permitted on my sidewalk laugh out loud

A very small number of pet owners crap people's lawns and don't pick up after their pets. I am a pet owner, I know the vast majority do pick up, but a few sorry slobs don't.
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We've been on Yosemite and Yellowstone. I'd recommend Yellowstone over Yosemite anyday for many reasons with the "paved trails" being one of them.
paved trails = roads

You can walk on roads any time, at a national park, you should hit the trails! Last time I was visiting Rainier I talked with a lady finishing up her doctoral thesis based on a study she conducted to determine park usage. She found that less than 5% of park visitor ever strayed more than a quarter mile from their car and less than 2% ventured more than half a mile away. There are SO MANY amazing natural sights to see that less than 2% of park visitors will ever experience, simply because it requires walking some distance down a trail.

I would encourage anyone visiting their local national park for this promotion to ask a ranger to suggest a hike that would be appropriate for their physical abilities and interests. For as little as a one-mile round trip hike on a trail, you can experience the reason these parks were created in the first place and leave the other 98% of the park visitors in the gift shop on these crowded free park days. Take your camera, your kids, and more water than you think you will need and go see the best that mother nature has to offer!
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paved trails = roads

You can walk on roads any time, at a national park, you should hit the trails! Last time I was visiting Rainier I talked with a lady finishing up her doctoral thesis based on a study she conducted to determine park usage. She found that less than 5% of park visitor ever strayed more than a quarter mile from their car and less than 2% ventured more than half a mile away. There are SO MANY amazing natural sights to see that less than 2% of park visitors will ever experience, simply because it requires walking some distance down a trail.

I would encourage anyone visiting their local national park for this promotion to ask a ranger to suggest a hike that would be appropriate for their physical abilities and interests. For as little as a one-mile round trip hike on a trail, you can experience the reason these parks were created in the first place and leave the other 98% of the park visitors in the gift shop on these crowded free park days. Take your camera, your kids, and more water than you think you will need and go see the best that mother nature has to offer!
THanks. Now I know what date I shall not go. Wink
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paved trails = roads

You can walk on roads any time, at a national park, you should hit the trails! Last time I was visiting Rainier I talked with a lady finishing up her doctoral thesis based on a study she conducted to determine park usage. She found that less than 5% of park visitor ever strayed more than a quarter mile from their car and less than 2% ventured more than half a mile away. There are SO MANY amazing natural sights to see that less than 2% of park visitors will ever experience, simply because it requires walking some distance down a trail.

I would encourage anyone visiting their local national park for this promotion to ask a ranger to suggest a hike that would be appropriate for their physical abilities and interests. For as little as a one-mile round trip hike on a trail, you can experience the reason these parks were created in the first place and leave the other 98% of the park visitors in the gift shop on these crowded free park days. Take your camera, your kids, and more water than you think you will need and go see the best that mother nature has to offer!
That is precisely my point. Yosemite is highly commercialized.......with PAVED TRAILS and many, many signs. Yellowstone is much more natural.
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Yellowstone is the greatest place in the country. HUGE variety and an insane number of waterfalls. I suggest early summer for going because there is a TON more water flowing through. I've been early summer and end of summer. Tons of stuff is dead early fall and at 9k feet it tends to start snowing earlier than you'd expect.

I DROVE from Kalamazoo, MI to yellowstoe with only stopping 1 night a little east of rushmore and right outside yellowstone for 1 last night in a bed since the sun was setting and there'd be no way to setup camp reasonably in the dark.

With yellowstone the 1 mile thing is BS but if you extend the range to FIVE miles OMG great things....
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Does anyone know of a good national park with animals near the San Francisco Bay Area (hopefully within 50 miles or so). I have been to Point Reyes and really enjoyed it, and am hoping for another such park nearby. Thanks.
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I was able to visit Yellowstone and Glacier NPs this summer. They were magnificent and highly worth the small entrance fee if you can't make it on the free days. Definitely get off the road and do some hiking if you are able to!!!
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We've been on Yosemite and Yellowstone. I'd recommend Yellowstone over Yosemite anyday for many reasons with the "paved trails" being one of them.
I think the paved trails are more friendly to general public. Although I'd take a non-paved trail every time. It doesn't feel right, for me.

We were in Yosemite just before Christmas, I think there are small portions of Yosemite Falls trail that is not paved. Could be wrong though. There are actually 2 points you can view the Falls, but I don't think you can get anywhere close to Upper Falls with your pet.
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