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All US national parks are free on Veterans Day weekend — here are the other days you can skip admission fees

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  • The National Park Service is offering free admission to all parks on Veterans Day.
  • Some parks usually charge admission fees between $3 and $30.
  • Active duty military members get free admission year-round.

There are over 400 national parks in the United States that offer scenic hikes, access to world-famous landmarks, and the chance to escape into the wilderness — for a small fee. 

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While some national parks are free, others can cost between $3 and $30 to visit.

The National Park Service (NPS) reports that 80% of the money from admission fees goes directly towards projects that benefit visitors, such as maintenance and preservation efforts. The other 20% funds visitor services at parks that don't charge a fee.

However, there are 10 days of the year when parks across the country are free of charge, and two of them are this weekend.

On November 11th and 12th, NPS is offering free admission to all parks in observance of Veterans Day Weekend.

Here's the full schedule of free entrance days in 2017:

  • January 16:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents' Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23:  Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25:  National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30:  National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12:   Veterans Day  Weekend

Of course, active duty military veterans get free admission year-round.

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