The National Park Pass Will Save Me Over $1000 This Year

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April 16 -24 is National Park Week which celebrates and recognizes national and state parks, national monuments, and historic sites in the U.S. All national parks have free entrance this week, so you still have time to visit a national park near you for free this weekend. If you do go, one of the things that you are bound to realize is that you should be visiting the national parks more often.

I love going to national and state parks and make an effort to visit them on a regular basis. I have been to over 40 national and state parks and monuments so far this year. If I had paid the daily fee for each of these I would have spent over $300, but I have only spent $205 ($80 for a National Park Pass and $125 for a California Park Pass — I will also soon be investing in a Nevada Park Pass for $100) and will get free entrance for another 8 months.

If you like the outdoors at all, one of the best investments that you can make is to purchase an annual National Park Pass. This gives you free admission to all of the national parks and national monuments in the US for free for one year for $80. They can be purchased at any national park. It only takes a few visits to make the national park annual pass a worthwhile investment. If you happen to be 62 or older, you can get a lifetime national park pass for only $10 (absolutely the deal of the century).

It also make sense to consider buying a state park pass for the state where you live or for surrounding states where you visit often. State park passes tend to be a little more expensive than the national park pass, but they’re still a deal for those that enjoy nature.

Even better, these passes encourage you to visit these beautiful places more often and can greatly cut down on your entertainment costs. Once you have the pass and free entry to these parks, visiting them makes for an inexpensive day outing or vacation. I figure I will save well over $1000 this year by having invested in these park passes and I’ll get to see some of the most fantastic scenery on earth.

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5 Responses to The National Park Pass Will Save Me Over $1000 This Year

  1. Melanie says:

    Amen! In years past we have gotten the National Park Pass as well as our AZ state park pass… they are expired now and we can’t afford to buy them again right now… so we went on fee-free National Junior Ranger Day (April 23). My kids have 71 Junior Ranger badges from State & National Parks & Monuments. Not only is it a “cheap” vacation, it is also VERY educational, so we do this as a part of their homeschool curriculum. Right now we can’t afford to travel (because of gas prices), so we’re busy finishing up all the pages in the Jr. Ranger books from our last few adventures. When we do go on another little trip, we will drag Grandpa along, because he has a permanent park pass because of his disability. Okay, we’re NOT dragging him! He actually loves watching his grandbabies earn Jr. Ranger badges. At any rate, you just can’t beat the price of this kind of schoolin’!

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  3. Shari says:

    Don’t forget the Access Pass! For those of us with permanent disabilities, it is F-R-E-E!

  4. My wife and I used the annual pass this summer for our National Park Road trip. It has saved us a ton of money!

  5. Billy Moralis says:

    I love buying great deals like this one, i always get deals for parks and zoos especially. lots of free zoo deals during the year 🙂 great for the family as parks and zoos can get expensive! i might get this one and take a road trip from Toronto with the family.

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