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Exploring America's Natural Wonders: Free Entrance Days at National Parks in 2024

James Nichols |

A car stops at a national park entrance station to pay entrance fees.

Park lovers, mark your calendars! The National Park Service (NPS) is offering a special treat in 2024: six days of free admission to all its parks that usually require an entrance fee. This initiative is an invitation for everyone to explore and appreciate the diverse and breathtaking landscapes that make up America's national parks. Here's a rundown of the free entrance days in 2024:

  • January 15: Celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 20: Kicking off National Park Week.
  • June 19: Commemorating Juneteenth National Independence Day.
  • August 4: Honoring the Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.
  • September 28: Embracing the spirit of National Public Lands Day.
  • November 11: Saluting our heroes on Veterans Day.

These days present a perfect opportunity to explore the natural wonders that these parks offer, from majestic mountains to serene beaches, without the barrier of an entrance fee.

To enhance your adventure, consider some essential gear:

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks: This comprehensive guide is your perfect companion, offering detailed information about each park. Ideal for planning your trip and making the most of your visit.

Wondery Water Bottle: Parks of the USA Bucket List: Stay hydrated while ticking off each park from your bucket list with this durable and stylish water bottle.

For the rest of the year, when parks are not free, consider getting the America the Beautiful National Park Pass. This pass is a cost-effective way to access over 2,000 federal recreation sites, including all national parks that charge an entrance fee. It's not just a pass; it's your ticket to countless adventures and memories.

Whether it's on a free entrance day or any other, America's national parks are a treasure trove of natural beauty waiting to be explored. So, lace up your hiking boots, pack your essentials, and set off on an adventure that promises to be both rejuvenating and awe-inspiring.