Free Entrance to National Parks

Middle Teton MarkerHappy Birthday to the National Park Service! On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that created the National Park Service. As you probably know, the NPS is responsible for managing the national parks and national monuments across the United States. Tomorrow is the National Park Service’s 99th birthday, and the agency is waiving entrance fees for all national parks to celebrate. So phone in sick or cash in your vacation days and take advantage of free entrance to our national parks!

Wallace Stegner called our national parks, “the best idea we’ve ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Regardless of where you rank national parks on the list of best American ideas, there’s no doubting their value and importance to the United States.

Half Dome, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon – these are just a few of the iconic monuments found in our national parks. These wonders, and the parks that hold them, are strongly embedded in the identity of the United States. Families bouncing around from park to park on cross-country summer road trips is big old slice of Americana.

In addition to the millions of Americans who visit national parks each year, travelers from all over the globe come to the United States just to visit our parks. Attractions like Grand Prismatic in Yellowstone, or the Delicate Arch in Arches seem too impressive and unreal to have simply occurred in nature, yet they have, and people flock to these attractions. National parks preserve and showcase the natural beauty of the United States for everyone to see.

There are 59 different national parks to choose from in the U.S., and each one offers something incredible and unique. If you don’t take advantage of free admission day tomorrow, definitely plan on visiting some of our national parks in the future, and enjoy America’s best idea.

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