128 U.S. National Parks You Can Visit For Free

by Kerwin McKenzie on February 26, 2018

128 U.S. National Parks You Can Visit For Free

If you’re looking for something a little different to do, then you should consider thinking about one or a few of the 128 U.S. National Parks you can visit for free.





Every year, the Park Service offers free entry on the following days; the actual date of National Park Week and National Public Lands Day varies:

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • April 21 : First Day of National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day


For most Parks, you’ll have to rent a car or a bike as typically they don’t have public transportation and are usually away from rural areas. Some are houses of famous people in the middle of a city though, so it all depends.

When you go, if available, try to get a Free Park Ranger Guided Program as they will take you to places that most don’t visit. Just contact the Park beforehand to find out the times and details as it may vary from Park to Park and by season. I have a friend who has done this and swears by it.

If you need additional tips, check out my friend Park Ranger John‘s Web site. He’s been a Park Ranger for almost 20 years and has lots of tips.

There are 417 Parks to choose from of which 128 of those are free on the days shown above. You can find a full list of all the Parks as well as the nominal charges on their Web site. I’ve also listed  the 128 that are Free on the special days below as well as the closest airports:


1. Acadia National Park – Bar Harbour, Maine. Fly into Augusta, Maine (AGC). The Park is right next to Bar Harbour. Be sure to check out the Bar Harbour Lighthouse when you visit.

2. Adams National Historical Park – Quincy, Massachusetts. Fly into Boston, MA (BOS) 

3. Antietam National Battlefield – Hagertown, Maryland. Fly into Baltimore, MD (BWI), Reagan/National, Washington D.C. (DCA) or Washington-Dulles, Virginia (IAD).

4. Arches National Park – Utah. Fly into Canyonlands Field (CNY), UT or Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), UT or Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), UT. For this particular Park, you’re in luck as Amtrak also has service to nearby Green River, Utah and Grand Junction, Colorado. You will just need a car from either of these two cities.

5. Assateague Island National Seashore – Ocean City, Maryland.  Fly into Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport, Salisbury, MD (SBY).

6. Assateague Island National Seashore – Virginia.  Fly into Salisbury-Wicomico County Regional Airport, Salisbury, MD (SBY).

7. Aztec Ruins National Monument – New Mexico

8. Badlands National Park – South Dakota

9. Bandelier National Monument– New Mexico

10. Big Bend National Park – Texas

11. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area – Montana

12. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area – Wyoming

13. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – Colorado

14. Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah

15. Cabrillo National Monument – California

16. Canaveral National Seashore – Florida

17. Canyonlands National Park – Utah

18. Cape Cod National Seashore – Massachusetts

19. Capitol Reef National Park – Utah

20. Capulin Volcano National Monument – New Mexico

21. Carlsbad Caverns National Park – New Mexico

22. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Arizona

23. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – Florida

24. Cedar Breaks National Monument – Utah

25. Chaco Culture National Historical Park – New Mexico

26. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Georgia

27. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park – Maryland

28. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park – Georgia

29. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park – Tennessee

30. Christiansted National Historic Site – U.S. Virgin Islands. Fly into Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) in Christiansted, US VI. You may also fly into the downtown seaplane base, Christiansted Harbor Seaplane Base (SSB).

31. Colonial National Historical Park – Virginia

32. Colorado National Monument – Colorado

33. Crater Lake National Park – Oregon

34. Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve – Idaho

35. Cumberland Island National Seashore – Georgia

36. Death Valley National Park – Nevada

Death Valley National Park – California

Denali National Park & Preserve – Alaska – Fly into Anchorage, AK (ANC)

Devils Tower National Monument– Wyoming

Dinosaur National Monument – Utah

Dinosaur National Monument – Colorado

Dry Tortugas National Park – Florida

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site – New York

Everglades National Park – Florida

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument – Colorado

Fort Davis National Historic Site – Texas

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – Maryland

Fort Pulaski National Monument – Georgia

Fort Smith National Historic Site – Oklahoma

Fort Smith National Historic Site – Arkansas

Fort Sumter National Monument – South Carolina

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site – Washington

Fort Washington Park – Maryland

George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park – Virginia

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument – New Mexico

Glacier National Park – Montana

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Utah

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Arizona

Golden Spike National Historic Site – Utah

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

Grand Teton National Park– Wyoming

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve – Colorado

Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Texas

Gulf Islands National Seashore – Florida

Gulf Islands National Seashore – Mississippi

Haleakalā National Park – Hawaii

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Maryland

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – West Virginia

Harry S. Truman National Historic Site – Missouri

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Hawaii

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site – New York

James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Ohio

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – Missouri

Jewel Cave National Monument – South Dakota

Joshua Tree National Park – California

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Nevada

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Arizona

Lassen Volcanic National Park – California

Lava Beds National Monument – California

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park – Oregon

Lewis & Clark National Historical Park – Washington

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Montana

Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado

Montezuma Castle National Monument – Arizona

Mount Rainier National Park– Washington

Muir Woods National Monument – California

Natural Bridges National Monument – Utah

Olympic National Park– Washington

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Arizona

Padre Island National Seashore – Texas

Pea Ridge National Military Park – Arkansas

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial – Ohio

Petrified Forest National Park – Arizona

Pinnacles National Park – California

Pipe Spring National Monument – Arizona

Pipestone National Monument – Minnesota

Prince William Forest Park – Virginia

Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park – Hawaii

Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site – New York

Saguaro National Park – Arizona

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site – New Hampshire

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – California

San Juan National Historic Site – Puerto Rico

Scotts Bluff National Monument – Nebraska

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks – California

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – Michigan

Steamtown National Historic Site – Pennsylvania

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – Arizona

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – North Dakota

Thomas Edison National Historical Park – New Jersey

Tonto National Monument – Arizona

Tumacácori National Historical Park – Arizona

Tuzigoot National Monument – Arizona

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site – New York

Vicksburg National Military Park – Mississippi

Walnut Canyon National Monument – Arizona

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area – California

White Sands National Monument – New Mexico

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield – Missouri

Wright Brothers National Memorial – North Carolina

Wupatki National Monument – Arizona

Yellowstone National Park – Idaho

Yellowstone National Park – Montana

Yellowstone National Park– Wyoming

Yosemite National Park – California

Zion National Park – Utah

Get out there and enjoy them.

Which is your favorite Parks? Please leave a comment below.



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