The National Park System encompasses 417 national parks in the United States, 59 of those sites are National Parks. What's even better is that the US National Parks offer fee free days in 2017! In addition, we were notified that Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be waiving park entrance fees on certain days in 2017, that's a savings of $30 if traveling via vehicle! You can get additional park entrance fee information here. (The entrance fee waiver does not cover other user fees for things like camping, lodging, equipment rental, or special programs that charge a fee.) We also learned that Canada National Parks is offering their very own Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass thanks to 52 Hike Challenge participant @tanawheatcroft, with a Discovery Pass, you will have unlimited opportunities to enjoy national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites across the country!
The remaining 2017 US National Park entrance fee-free days are as follows:
- April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week Weekends
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
In addition, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks will be waving entrance fees on the following days:
- June 3: National Trails Day
- August 12: A Day Honoring Buffalo Soldiers
- December 10: Celebration of the General Grant Tree: Nation’s Christmas Tree
Details on Free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
As we mentioned earlier, you can get a free Parks Canada Discovery Pass in 2017 which ensures free entry to places managed by Parks Canada. It does not apply to provincial, municipal or private parks, nor to the many historic sites not managed by Parks Canada. Please refer to the complete list of Parks Canada places when planning your visit to take full advantage of the Discovery Pass. Lastly, you will need to order your Canada Discovery ahead of time, you can do that here.
So there you have it, many more reasons and amazing places to hike and explore for your 52 Hike Challenge!
Cheers! - Phillip and Karla