Free National Park Entry Offered this Summer, More Fee-Free Days to Come
Free national park entry was offered this past weekend, including entrance to Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone, reported the Los Angeles Times.According to the U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the National Park Service waived entrance fees for the weekends of June 20-21, July 18-19, and Aug. 14-15 to promote tourism.Upcoming free entrance days take place on September 25 for Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day, according to the National Park Service."This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before," Salazar said in a release. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation's historic and cultural icons." Many of the nation's 391 national parks will hold free events during the fee-free weekends, including free equipment loans to snorkel on Massachusetts' Cape Cod National Seashore or canoe in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve.A list of participating parks can be found at nps.gov.