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Fee-Free Days in 2012

Fee-Free Days in 2012

Check out all the amazing destinations you can visit for free on these dates.

Yellowstone Geyser Yellowstone is only one of more than 100 parks and recreation areas to waive their fees on special dates from January to November.

More than 100 national parks usually charge entrance fees. These wilderness areas, historical sites and monuments can be more fascinating, more exciting, more inspiring and more beautiful than any amusement park, concert or football game and educational to boot.

But while National Park fees aren’t exactly steep, the Park Service will waive their entrance and standard amenity fees on certain dates and weekends in 2012.  The list of Fee-Free Days kicked off with Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

Plus, many park-related hotels, restaurants, gift shops and tour operators will offer specials on fee-free days. "We realize there are additional expenses when visiting a park so many associated businesses will have discounts and enhancements on the fee-free days," says National Park Service Director, Jonathan B. Jarvis.

"And one of the great things about a national park vacation is it can be as economical or luxurious as desired. A visit can be a few hours or several days. You can sleep under the stars in the backcountry or stay in a campground, motel or majestic lodge. There's something for everyone at each of the country's 395 national parks."

In addition, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service will waive their entrance and standard amenity fees January 14 to 16, June 9, September 29, and November 10 to 12. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also have a fee free day on October 14 in recognition of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The Bureau of Reclamation will waive standard amenity fees on September 29 and November 12.

Official National Park Fee-Free Days:

January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend)
April 21 to 29 (National Park Week)
June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)

Here’s a list of national parks that will be waiving their fees on these dates.

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