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Free entrance days announced for national parks for 2017

Free entrance days announced for national parks for 2017

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — If you love exploring the outdoors at a cheaper rate, then mark your calendar for next year. The National Park Service recently announced the days in 2017 when entrance fees to all the national parks are waived.

There will be a total of 10 days in 2017 when the entrance fee is free. During these days, all National Park sites in the U.S. will waive their entrance fees for all visitors. However, other fees for amenities and user fees for camping will still apply. Here are the free entrance days:

  • Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week weekends
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service birthday
  • Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day weekend
“National parks are known for their priceless beauty,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a statement. “They are a bargain anytime, but on these 10 days in 2017, they really will be priceless. We want everyone to visit their national parks and the fee-free days provide extra incentive to experience these amazing places.”

Annual national park passes cost $80 and allow unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, according to the National Park Service. Free or discounted passes are also available for senior citizens, current military members, fourth-grade students and citizens with disabilities.

The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres and is comprised of 413 sites, including at least one national park in every state.

Faith Heaton Jolley

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