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Spotlight: Honoring Veterans

Spotlight: Honoring Veterans

Honor Veterans with a visit to America's Public Lands.

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What You'll Find

Most federal lands throughout the country offer fee-free days during Veterans Day Weekend, November 9 - 11. If, as Aldo Leopold once wrote, wilderness "is the very stuff America is made of," then why not thank a veteran friend or family member by inviting him or her to the outdoors to hike, bike, fish, camp, swim or sightsee in the country they served? It’s a great way to honor America’s veterans any time of year!

Before You Go

Get inspired by two amazing stories from 2012. The Wounded Warriors on Denali, about veterans who set out to summit the tallest peak in North America and the story of Park Ranger and former combat Marine Dan Tottle, who visited "the wild places of our National Parks" to help him leave behind the sights and sounds of war.

Fee Free Days

During Veterans Day weekend, entry is FREE on your National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service and National Forest managed lands for everyone in honor of America’s veterans!

Army Corps of Engineers lakes don’t typically charge entrance fees, and many offer special activities and programs for veterans like the Veterans Trail at Coralville Lake, Iowa. Check with the lake nearest you.

If you’re in the Washington, DC area, make a tour reservation at the National Archives to see the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights that so many veterans felt called to protect. Pay homage at one of America’s battlefields and military parks across the country and learn more about the history of how and why they served.

Find the closest federal public lands and special places near you by entering your city, state, or zip code in the Recreation.gov search box on our home page or follow the agency links above—all of them provide map, state or zip code search features.