In 2011, See a National Park for Free
Outdoor enthusiasts have long had John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and the father of the National Park Service, to thank for America's 394 federally protected parks. This year, nature lovers should also send some praise to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who recently announced that on 17 selected dates this year, admission to national parks will be free.
While many are free year-round, 147 parks normally charge between $3 and $25 to enter. However, in an effort to get more Americans into the great outdoors, all fees will be waived on certain days, while discounts on food, lodging, and tours will also be available.
“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011,” said Salazar. “There’s no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle.”