The Last National Parks Free Admission Day of 2023 Is Almost Here

Get out in nature and save some money, thanks to Veterans Day.

In 2023, one of your new year's resolutions may have been to get outside more. It definitely was on my list and, even as summer turns to fall, it's never too late to make progress toward a goal. If you're looking to get more time in national parks specifically, the National Park Service offers up some additional motivation by offering free admission to its parks five days each year. 

Lucky for you, one of those days is coming right up, but you'd better plan ahead, as it's the last one available in 2023. In honor of Veterans Day, outdoors enthusiasts will have the chance to access the parks without paying entrance fees, so mark your calendars! Just think, you might still have a chance at seeing the rapidly disappearing lake at Death Valley!

If you can't make it then, don't worry—there is always next year. If you're already planning ahead, NPS also has traditionally offered free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January and on the first day of National Park Week every April, as well as in honor of the passage of the Great Outdoors Act in August. Additionally, National Public Lands Day in September is also a no-entrance-fees day across national parks. 

Of course, free admission doesn't cover extra fees you might encounter in a national park, like those you might encounter for transportation, tours, or camping, so be sure to plan ahead on your national park adventure so you're not caught off guard by those charges.

Not sure which park to visit on these free days? Thrillist has compiled a list of the most popular national parks, the most underrated national parks, the best national parks to visit in winter, and just about everything else you need to know. Just be sure to be mindful of the elk if you're heading to Yellowstone.

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Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.

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