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National Parks are Free for All This Weekend

January 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

In the way long ago past of 2011, we may have mentioned that there were some free entry days coming to National Parks across the United states in 2012. Well the future is here—this weekend—so pack up the minivan, Prius, or station wagon and visit your favorite national park on the house.

Uncle Sam is opening the gates to all his parks as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, so it might be a good idea to do something nice—like donating your time or money—rather than just freeloading a free hike. The admission fees are waived January 14-16.

Check out the full list of what’s free and what’s not right over here. If you’re not sure what to do, there’s always taking a snowmobile for a spin at Yellowstone, going on a hike through some lava flows over at Volcanoes National Park, or just checking out some gators and other critters down in the Everglades.

Don’t worry if you can’t do this weekend, because the next fee-free period is coming up in April. It’ll be a whole week once the weather gets a little warmer, as the plan is to run things between April 21 and April 29.

[Photo of Arches National Park: Trodel]

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