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There are 9 National Park Free Entry Days for 2014

January 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | ()

It’s a new year and that means an entire set of new freebies when it comes to visiting national parks in and around the United States. Uncle Sam is once again throwing open the gates on certain days during 2014, so now’s the time to start planning on when to skip out of work.

The government usually just doesn’t give stuff away, so when they do it’s a good idea to take advantage of it. This year there are nine days in which you can leave the admission fee back at your house, and the very first of them is just about a week away. Things start on January 20, as 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the first free one of the year.

After that there’s a few days during Presidents Day weekend, and then the opening weekend of National Park Week in April is also a time to save a few bucks. Here’s the full rundown in case you want to request some time off from the office this afternoon:

· January 20—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 15-17—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 19-20—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday

· September 27—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

The folks over at the National Park Service are always quick to point out that only 133 of the nation’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee, so even if you miss out the fee-free days there are plenty of other chances for affordable outdoor entertainment. Just watch for Yogi Bear and keep an eye on your picnic basket.

[Photo: Grand Canyon NPS]

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