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Days When You Can Visit U.S. National Parks for Free in 2018

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/04/2018, 9:00 AM

Each year, the National Park system throws open its gates for a few days and spreads the good word by admitting everyone without charging entry fees. It's a great way for low-income families, students, and seniors to experience the parks, and hundreds of thousands of Americans take advantage of the invitation annually. The Department of the Interior has announced the free days for 2018—and they'v...

Free National Park Entry on Nov. 11 & 12, But for Which Parks?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/06/2017, 5:15 PM

This weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, entry to many (but not all) national parks will be free in honor of Veterans Day. The National Park Service has posted a state-by-state list of the free parks at this link. If you love these free days as much as we do, buckle up. The U.S. Government is floating a plan to vastly increase their entry costs. Despite the fact your income taxes go to support these pristin...

National Park Fees May Triple, Become Unaffordable

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2017, 11:00 AM

Entrance fees at many of the country's most popular national parks could soon go way up. To address a backlog of maintenance needs and infrastructure improvements, the National Park Service has proposed increasing admission charges to $70 per vehicle at 16 sites, up from the current fee of $25 to $30 depending on the park. That would mean more than doubling—or, in the case of the $25 fee, almos...

For Seniors, August 28 Is the Deadline for Enjoying One of the Great Travel Bargains

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2017, 12:00 AM

The price of a lifetime national parks pass for U.S. seniors is about to go WAY up....

Our National Parks Are in Peril of Having Their Funding Cut

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/26/2017, 12:00 AM

The Trump Administration wants to cut 4,000 jobs from the department that oversees the National Park Service. That could spell disaster for some of the country's most cherished sights....

After a Quiet Winter, the World of Travel Has Suddenly Erupted with Distinctive Developments

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/10/2017, 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer assesses how Trump's policies, European terror attacks, budget cuts, and a new kind of hostel could affect U.S. travelers....

The RV Revival Kicks Into High Gear—Should You Climb on Board?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/08/2016, 5:45 PM

(Photo by faungg's photos / Flickr) Welcome to the RV renaissance. After some dark days during the 2008 recession—when many belt-tightening Americans found it difficult to justify investing in recreation, let alone a recreational vehicle—the RV industry has made an impressive comeback.  Sales are way up; nearly 400,000 vehicles are expected to be shipped this year, compared to the...

Yet Another Reason to Go to Canada: Free National Park Entries for All of 2017

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2016, 12:45 PM

That Justin Trudeau! Not only did he have the good sense to give women half of all the job in his cabinet (filling all the positions with genuine experts in the subjects they'll be handling), but yesterday he had the wisdom to throw open wide the gates to Canada's national treasures. In honor of Canada's 150th birthday, entry to all of Canada's extraordinary National Parks will be free. An...

Free National Park Visits for Fourth Graders (And Their Families) For One Full Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/02/2015, 7:15 PM

For years, a number of ski resorts have been allowing fourth graders to ski for free. The reasoning behind this move was that age 10 was the perfect age to develop a life long passion. Fourth graders still have the enthusiasm of children (heck, they ARE children) but they now have enough smarts to understand why they're enjoying a new activity so much. I can only assume this is why Preside...

Spend Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at a National Park: It's the First Free Entry Day of 2015

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2015, 5:00 PM

Not that the United States' National Parks are all that pricey to begin with. In fact, most don't charge entry fees and the most pricey—places like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Yosemite—cap the fee at $25 per carload of visitors. But this coming Monday, not only will entry to every park in the system be fee-free, many will be offerring special hikes, lectures, nature walks, photo...

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