It was announced recently that the National Park Service will be waiving entrance fees on 17 different dates during 2011 to encouraged everyone to visit a national park this year. Can you think of a better way to spend some great time with your friends and family than in the open air in locations where your cell phone probably won't work!? (Well, at least that was my experience while traveling the Skyline Drive in Virginia--it was wonderful.) And to be able to do it for free--what an added bonus!
Start making plans for 2011 by checking the National Park Service website to find a park near you!
The 2011 fee-free days will be the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15-17); National Park Week (April 16-24); the first day of summer (June 21); National Public Lands Day (Sept. 24); and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 11-13).
If those dates don't work for your schedule, but you would like to visit a few parks, check out the National Park Service Passes. Annual passes are available for $80, and Seniors (62 and over) can get lifetime passes for $10!