Travel News Travel Tips The National Park Service Announces Fee-Free Days for 2021 Save your coins and enjoy nature’s wonders By Patrice J. Williams Patrice J. Williams Instagram LinkedIn Temple University Patrice J. Williams is a travel and style content creator, fact-checker and author of the thrift shopping book Looking Fly on a Dime. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 01/06/21 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance journalist and fact-checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Forbes. TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Gary Yeowell / Getty Images Free. It's everyone's favorite “F” word—and the perfect way to start 2021 is to visit one of the National Park Service’s more than 400 locations, for free. That’s right. For six days this year, the parks, monuments, and memorials are free. While the vast majority of the parks are usually free year-round, 108 require an entrance fee. But for six glorious days, that price is waved, and one day is coming up pretty soon. The National Park Service fee-free days for 2021 include: Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. DayApril 17 – National Park WeekAug. 4 – Great American Outdoors Act anniversaryAug. 25 – National Park Service BirthdaySept. 25 – National Public Lands DayNov. 11 – Veterans Day The first free day is less than two weeks away, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with the next opportunity not until April 17 on the first day of National Park Week, the celebration of the nation’s most beautiful places and spaces. Late summer and fall see most of the no-fee days, with Aug. 25 and Sept. 25 as the National Park Service’s Birthday and National Public Lands Day, respectively. This year marks the 105th birthday of the NPS, and in addition to waived fees, there will be tons of virtual events. And National Public Lands Day, held on the fourth Saturday in September, is considered the country’s largest single-day volunteer event. “Fee-free days are a great way to discover our national parks for the first time,” Pedro Ramos, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Superintendent, said in a statement. The free day means bypassing the $30 per vehicle fees of the Everglades or Shenandoah in Virginia or the $20 it’ll cost you to visit the home of FDR or Natural Bridges, Utah’s first national monument. Though visiting a national park might seem like a free right, the fees charged regularly go towards park maintenance, repairs, and redesigns, and 20 percent goes towards the parks that don’t actually charge fees. In 2019, U.S. national parks attracted more than 300 million visitors, the third-highest record, so it’s safe to say others might have the same idea to visit these destinations, especially on the free days. But while Yosemite and Yellowstone might see more crowds, it’s also possible to visit the least-visited national parks. Or head to West Virginia’s New River Gorge, the country’s latest national park. For a full list of the fee-free parks and monuments, you can check out the National Park Service site that lists participating locations by state. What It's Like to Visit a National Park During a Pandemic Article Sources TripSavvy uses only high-quality, trusted sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial policy to learn more about how we keep our content accurate, reliable and trustworthy. NPS.gov. "NPS Birthday - NPS Celebrates!" Retrieved Jan 6, 2021. https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/2019-visitation-numbers.htm Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Here Are the National Park Fee-Free Days for 2022 Best Free Things to Do in Washington, D.C. Get Outside (for Free) During National Public Lands Day The Complete Guide to Volcanoes National Park on Hawai'i Island Entry to All US National Parks Will Be Free on Great American Outdoors Day These National Parks Are Requiring Reservations in 2022 Montana Guide: Planning Your Trip The Best Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Getaways in the U.S. Official State Holidays in Arizona Dry Tortugas National Park: The Complete Guide Every Travel-Related Black Friday Deal You Need to Know About How the U.S. National Park Service Prioritized Nature Over Indigenous People The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C. LGBTQ Travel Guide: Atlanta What to Expect and What to Do on a January Trip to New Orleans Top Ten Free Attractions - Southeast U.S.