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National parks will be free on these five days in 2023

Looking for a reason to get out into glorious nature in 2023? Here are five of them – five days when national parks in America open their gates free-of-entry to all.

The U.S. National Park Service offers “free entrance” days each year to celebrate holidays and milestones in the history of natural preservation, such as the anniversary of the 2020 Great American Outdoors Act. These freebies are valid for all national-park sites in the country – and there are more than 400 of them, including historic and recreation areas and California’s grandest parks, such as Yosemite and Joshua Tree.

The first free day arrives as early as Jan. 16, so mark your calendars and plan accordingly. Note that while entrance fees are waived on these occasions, some fees might still be in place for tours, camping and transportation. Always check the website of the park you plan to visit for the latest information and road and trail closures.

Here are the five free days in 2023 (a state-by-state list of participating parks is posted here):January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.April 22: First day of National Park WeekAugust 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors ActSeptember 23: National Public Lands DayNovember 11: Veterans Day

And here are national-park sites in California you might consider visiting on these days:Cabrillo National MonumentDeath Valley National ParkJoshua Tree National ParkLassen Volcanic National ParkLava Beds National MonumentMuir Woods National MonumentPinnacles National ParkSan Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSequoia & Kings Canyon National ParksWhiskeytown National Recreation AreaYosemite National Park

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