These USA National Parks Are Free on Select Days in 2023

Here’s When You Can Visit National Parks in the USA — For Free!

Time to tick the Grand Canyon or Yosemite off your bucket list.

Outside of its bright cities and quaint towns, the United States has always been known for its wilderness and vast outdoors. In fact, some of the best natural landscapes in the country can be found in the heart of national parks such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. But what if we told you that you could visit any of these national parks in the USA for free?

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Yellowstone National Park | Image credit: James Lee

Yes, you’ve read that right! On five specific days in 2023, you’ll be able to visit any national park in the USA without an entrance fee. Here’s what you need to know. 

Also read: 12 National Parks in the United States You Need to Visit

When can I visit national parks in the USA for free?

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Grand Canyon National Park | Image credit: Luca Bravo

On these dates, the National Park Service will waive the entrance fees at more than 400 parks throughout the country:

  • Mon, 16 Jan: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday 
  • Sat, 22 Apr: First day of National Park Week
  • Fri, 4 Aug: Third anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Sat, 23 Sept: National Public Lands Day
  • Sat, 11 Nov: Veterans’ Day 

However, do take note that while the entrance fees are free on these days, visitors still have to pay additional fees for amenities. These include camping, transportation, special tours, and more. 

Also read: My California Coastal Road Trip: What It’s Like in the Summer!

Which national parks in the USA should I visit?

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Denali National Park & Preserve | Image credit: Hari Nandakumar

Besides Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, there are so many parks to visit in every state. Up north, Alaska’s Denali National Park & Preserve is famous for its tundra climates, fascinating wildlife encounters, and views of glaciers. In the southeast, Everglades National Park in Florida has stunning views of mangroves and rivers. 

In the northeastern region, Acadia National Park in Maine is a perfect choice if you want to experience scenic drives and hiking trails. 

Here’s the official list of parks you can visit for free in 2023. 

Also read: Top 10 Hikes to Check Out While Exploring the US

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Image credit: Jan Kronies

So what do you say? Are you up for a cross-country road trip through the United States? We sure are!

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