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National Parks: Free admission days and senior bargains

Our favorite RVing destinations are America's National Parks. There are 59 of them, as well as 350 plus other “units” that make up the entire system, including monuments and seashores and preserves. Most charge admission entrance fees but for 2014, the parks service has announced nine days for which there will be no admission charged.



Here are the free dates:

  • January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20: National Park Week’s opening weekend
  • August 25: National Park Service’s 98th birthday
  • September 27: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

But if you are over 62, you can get admission for any park, any time, for $10. It's a lifetime pass and it is the best $10 you can spend. Just show the pass at the gate and you are in. For those under 62, an annual pass is $80 – itself not a bad deal. Not when you consider all the National Parks system has to offer.

Our favorite National Park is Yellowstone, because of its sheer size and the diversity of wildlife.

What is your favorite national park and why?



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Mike Wendland

Published on 2013-12-22

Mike Wendland is an Emmy award-winning journalist, traveler, and producer of RV Podcast, the RV Lifestyle travel blog, and the RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube. Mike, traveling with his wife Jennifer and their Norwegian Elkhound, Bo, has vast experience and a great passion for exploring North America, previously working as a long-time NBC-TV News Channel Technology Correspondent and now sharing his love for the RV lifestyle with millions. Mike is not only an adept RV life enthusiast but also a skillful storyteller, bringing to his channels stories from the road that perfectly capture the magic and hardships of this lifestyle.

8 Responses to “National Parks: Free admission days and senior bargains”

June 18, 2014at5:04 pm, Ralph Woznick said:

Old faithful. Saw it last month. Impressive.

June 17, 2014at5:03 pm, Connie Wieland said:

Old faithful 🙂 seen it in 1982

June 17, 2014at3:24 pm, Elizabeth Ramon said:

Jaime Ramon we should take the boys.

June 17, 2014at9:48 am, Gina Hawk said:

Free admission would’ve been nice yesterday…

June 17, 2014at9:35 am, Pat Mesic said:

Is the Senior Pass available for Canadian as well or only for US citizens.

December 22, 2013at6:08 pm, Ellie said:

Our favorite is Bryce Canyon National Park because of the spectacular colors, the interesting hoodoos and the great hiking. Walking through all the formations was so memorable.

December 22, 2013at5:06 pm, Dean Upson said:

I am 72 years old and get in for free. I fail to understand why anyone should have to pay a cent to see what is theirs. The National Parks should be free to all American Taxpayers.

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