USA Today: All national park sites are free to visit August 25—here’s what to pack
All national park sites are free to visit August 25—here’s what to pack
As the world turned to more socially distanced activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have found a new appreciation for the great outdoors. Excursions like exploring national parks and spending weekends on a new campground were among some of the most popular plans this summer. In May, Yellowstone National Park saw a record number of visitors. This month, parks like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are testing parking fees and reservations to ease crowding at their popular Laurel Falls hiking spot.
But it’s not too late to get in on the fun—in fact, you can savor the last bits of summer by celebrating the National Park Service’s 105th birthday on August 25, where anyone can enjoy free admission to any national park site for the entire day.
Before making your way to a park site this summer, it’s best to come as prepared as possible with the right hiking and camping gear. That way, you can minimize any unnecessary pit stops or long lines—and spend more time with your family sightseeing and creating new memories.
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