These Are the Days You Can Visit National Parks for Free in 2023

Women and child hiking on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Women and child hiking on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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Do you love exploring the greatest natural wonders in the world? If so, you should consider putting a few national parks on your must-visit list in 2023—and if you time it right, you can skip the entrance fees. According to the National Park Service, you can take in the beauty of these scenic spots free of charge on five days from January through November, including on meaningful holidays.

“National parks are America’s best idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day,” the National Park Service team noted on their website. “The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.”

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While many national parks are free to visit throughout the year, the majority do charge upon entrance. This includes Acadia National Park, which is one of Martha’s favorites (she even climbed Cadillac Mountain during her visit, which is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard!).

Visit the National Park Service’s website to find out if a national park near you is participating in the free entrance days—and take note of the below dates, holidays, and occasions when you can visit these scenic landmarks free of charge.

Free Days to Visit National Parks in 2023

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. day

  • April 22: First day of National Park Week

  • August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

  • September 23: National Public Lands Day

  • November 11: Veteran’s Day

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