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

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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 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, National Park Week and National Public Lands Day varies:

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 Website. He’s now a retired Park Ranger 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 Website.

Need A Hotel When Visiting A U.S. National Park?

If you need a hotel start with this map below:

 

The Free Parks

I’ve also listed  the 128 that are Free on the special days below as well as the closest airports. You may also use the nearest airport application to find the nearest airport:

Alaska

Arizona

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Nearest Airport: Page Municipal Airport (PGA), Page, AZ. Airlines: Contour Airlines (LF)
  • Grand Canyon National Park – Nearest Airport: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), Flagstaff, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Nearest Airport: McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, NV. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA)
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument – Nearest Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA)
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – Nearest Airport: Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA)
  • Petrified Forest National Park – Nearest Airport: Show Low Regional Airport (SOW), Show Low, AZ. Airlines: Boutique Air (4B)
  • Pipe Spring National Monument – Nearest Airport: St. George Regional Airport (SGU), St. George, UT. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL)
  • Saguaro National Park – Nearest Airport: Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA)
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – Nearest Airport: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), Flagstaff, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA)
  • Tonto National Monument – Nearest Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Phoenix, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA)
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Tucson International Airport (TUS), Tucson, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), Delta Air Lines (DL), Southwest Airlines (WN), United Airlines (UA)
  • Tuzigoot National Monument – Nearest Airport: Prescott Regional Airport (PRC), Prescott, AZ. Airlines: United Airlines (UA)
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument – Nearest Airport: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), Flagstaff, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA)
  • Wupatki National Monument – Nearest Airport: Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), Flagstaff, AZ. Airlines: American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA)

California

  • Cabrillo National Monument – Nearest Airport: San Diego International Airport (SAN), San Diego, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA)
  • Death Valley National Park – Nearest Airport: McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, NV. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)
  • Joshua Tree National Park – Nearest Airport: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), Palm Springs, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), JetBlue (B6)
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park – Nearest Airport: Redding Municipal Airport (RDD), Redding, CA. Airlines: United (UA), Avelo Airlines (XP)
  • Lava Beds National Monument – Nearest Airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR), Medford, OR. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)
  • Muir Woods National Monument – Nearest Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Southwest (WN), JetBlue (B6)
  • Pinnacles National Park – Nearest Airport: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), San Jose, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA)
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Southwest (WN), JetBlue (B6)
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks – Nearest Airport: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area – Nearest Airport: Redding Municipal Airport (RDD), Redding, CA. Airlines: United (UA), Avelo Airlines (XP)
  • Yosemite National Park – Nearest Airport: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, CA. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)

Colorado

Florida

  • Canaveral National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Orlando International Airport (MCO), Orlando, FL. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), JetBlue (B6), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument – Nearest Airport: Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), JetBlue (B6), Frontier (F9)
  • Dry Tortugas National Park – Nearest Airport: Key West International Airport (EYW), Key West, FL. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Silver Airways (3M)
  • Everglades National Park – Nearest Airport: Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, FL. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), JetBlue (B6), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Pensacola International Airport (PNS), Pensacola, FL. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Silver Airways (3M)

Georgia

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area – Nearest Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, GA. Airlines: All major airlines including American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park – Nearest Airport: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA), Chattanooga, TN. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Allegiant (G4)
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), Jacksonville, FL. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), JetBlue (B6), Silver Airways (3M)
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument – Nearest Airport: Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), Savannah, GA. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), JetBlue (B6), Southwest (WN), Allegiant (G4)
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – Nearest Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, GA. Airlines: All major airlines including American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)

Hawaii

Idaho

Indiana

  • Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana – Nearest Airport: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago, IL. Airlines: Southwest (WN), Delta (DL), Porter (PD), Volaris (Y4)

Maine

  • Acadia National Park, Maine – Nearest Airport: Bangor International Airport (BGR), Bangor, ME. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Allegiant (G4). The Park is right next to Bar Harbour. Be sure to check out the Bar Harbour Lighthouse when you visit.

Maryland

  • Antietam National Battlefield – Nearest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Alaska (AS), Southwest (WN), JetBlue (B6), Frontier (F9)
  • Assateague Island National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY), Salisbury, MD. Airlines: American Airlines (AA)
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Alaska (AS), Southwest (WN), JetBlue (B6), Frontier (F9)
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine – Nearest Airport: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Baltimore, MD. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Spirit (NK), JetBlue (B6)
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Alaska (AS), Southwest (WN), JetBlue (B6), Frontier (F9)

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), Gulfport, MS. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Allegiant (G4)
  • Vicksburg National Military Park – Nearest Airport: Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN), Jackson, MS. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Southwest (WN)

Missouri

Montana

  • Glacier National Park – Nearest Airport: Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), Kalispell, MT. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Frontier (F9)
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument – Nearest Airport: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Billings, MT. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Frontier (F9)
  • Yellowstone National Park – Nearest Airport: Yellowstone Airport (WYS), West Yellowstone, MT (seasonal). Airlines: Delta (DL). Alternative year-round airport: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), Bozeman, MT. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Southwest (WN)

Nevada

  • Death Valley National Park – Nearest Airport: McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, NV. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK), Allegiant (G4)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Nearest Airport: McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, NV. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK), Allegiant (G4) 

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • Bandelier National Monument – Nearest Airport: Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF), Santa Fe, NM. Airlines: American (AA), United (UA)
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument – Nearest Airport: Amarillo International Airport (AMA), Amarillo, TX. Airlines: American (AA), Southwest (WN), United (UA)
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park – Nearest Airport: Cavern City Air Terminal (CNM), Carlsbad, NM. Airlines: Boutique Air (4B)
  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Albuquerque, NM. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Alaska (AS), Frontier (F9), JetBlue (B6)
  • Valles Caldera National Preserve – Nearest Airport: Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ), Albuquerque, NM. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Alaska (AS), Frontier (F9), JetBlue (B6)
  • White Sands National Park – Nearest Airport: El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, TX. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Alaska (AS), Frontier (F9)

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

  • Crater Lake National Park – Nearest Airport: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR), Medford, OR. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Allegiant (G4)
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX), Portland, OR. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)

Puerto Rico

  • San Juan National Historic Site – Nearest Airport: Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), San Juan, PR. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), JetBlue (B6), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9), Spirit (NK)

South Carolina

South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park – Nearest Airport: Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), Rapid City, SD. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Allegiant (G4)

Tennessee

Texas

  • Big Bend National Park – Nearest Airport: Midland International Air & Space Port (MAF), Midland, TX. Airlines: American (AA), Southwest (WN), United (UA)
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site – Nearest Airport: Midland International Air & Space Port (MAF), Midland, TX. Airlines: American (AA), Southwest (WN), United (UA)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Nearest Airport: El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, TX. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN), United (UA), Frontier (F9)
  • Padre Island National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP), Corpus Christi, TX. Airlines: American (AA), Southwest (WN), United (UA)

Utah

Virgin Islands

Virginia

  • Assateague Island National Seashore – Nearest Airport: Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY), Salisbury, MD. Airlines: American Airlines (AA)
  • Colonial National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF), Newport News, VA. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL)
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park – Nearest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA. Airlines: Multiple carriers including American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA. Airlines: Multiple carriers including American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)
  • Prince William Forest Park – Nearest Airport: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Arlington, VA. Airlines: Multiple carriers including American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN)
  • Shenandoah National Park – Nearest Airport: Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO), Charlottesville, VA. Airlines: American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)

Washington

  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site – Nearest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX), Portland, OR. Airlines: Multiple carriers including Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN)
  • Lewis and Clark National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX), Portland, OR. Airlines: Multiple carriers including Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN)
  • Mount Rainier National Park – Nearest Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Seattle, WA. Airlines: Multiple carriers including Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Southwest (WN)
  • Olympic National Park – Nearest Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Seattle, WA. Airlines: Multiple carriers including Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA), Southwest (WN)

West Virginia

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – Nearest Airport: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Dulles, VA. Airlines: Multiple carriers including American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA)

Wyoming

  • Devils Tower National Monument – Nearest Airport: Gillette-Campbell County Airport (GCC), Gillette, WY. Airlines: United Airlines (UA)
  • Grand Teton National Park – Nearest Airport: Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Jackson, WY. Airlines: Alaska (AS), American (AA), Delta (DL), United (UA).

Get out there and enjoy them.Which is your favorite Parks? Please leave a comment below.

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