The U.S. National Parks are some of the most popular destinations for family vacations and outdoor adventures, and for good reason. The parks are spectacularly beautiful, many are easily accessible, and they are often an affordable alternative to other places. But this year, one national park tradition has been dramatically cut in an effort to address budget shortfalls.
For many years, the Park Service offered free admission to all of the national parks at special times throughout the year. For instance, anyone visiting a park on Martin Luther King Day a few weeks back was able to get in for free. In years past there were upwards of 16 fee-free days, allowing even cash-strapped travelers a chance to enjoy the splendor found there. But this year, that number has been slashed to just 4 days in total, with the aforementioned MLK Day already come and gone.
The remaining three free days for 2018 include the following:
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
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