When The Frugal Dude suggested going to Yosemite, The Frugal Diva replied that it was just a bunch of trees. I could not have been more incorrect. The magnificent vistas, the fresh air, the beautiful meadows of wild flowers, and spectacular waterfalls made me realize that there was a whole world that awaited outside of urban areas. And the other good news, it did not involve any camping. I also believed that you had to pitch a tent and gather berries for sustenance. Many National Parks have food and accommodations that are reasonable and don’t involve building your own fire. Of course for those who enjoy sleeping in the great outdoors there are numerous camp sites.
Just to make this more fun, these are the 2015 dates when entrance fees are waived.
January 19-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14-16-Presidents Day weekend
April 18-19-Opening weekend of National Park Week
August 25-National Park Service Birthday
September 26-National Public Lands Day
November 11-Veterans Day
Many of your 392 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit!
And if you are over 62 get a Senior Pass for a one time $10 fee. This is for a lifetime of free admissions. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).
If you plan to visit several national parks in one year, consider the $80 one year pass.
The Frugal Dude was right, the national parks are a fabulous vacation and we have since been to the Grand Tetons, Glacier, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon (the north and south rims), Bryce, Zion and many others. It is a great reminder what a vast and beautiful country we live in.
Let me know your favorites!