Enjoy a day in America's great outdoors. (Entrance Only Fee-Free days for 2014 listed below)
Experience the beauty of nature, sleep under the stars, see seal pups, shoot the curls, reel in a winning catch, enjoy a picnic, learn something new, and discover California’s State Parks for yourself.
America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this year with several
entrance fee-free daysat more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees*. Mark your calendar for fee-free days this year:
Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2014:
America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free!
to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners
are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this
summer’s fee free weekends with the their own
special offers. Here’s a tip – many of your 392 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.
Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees
collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Our National Parks normally charges an entrance fee. Please before you make the trip
call (559) 565-3730 for Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park or
(209) 372-0200 (press 3, then press 5) for Yosemite National Park <><><>
California’s Historic Sites Come
visit California’s historic sites and learn about our State’s rich
cultural history! From mansions, missions, and museums to parks,
pioneers, and plazas; California has it all!
Find Outdoor Recreation and Open Spaces Search It
is important to enjoy the outdoors, regardless of where you go.
With our searchable map not only can you look for a State Park, but
easily search for other park and open-space recreation opportunities.
people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a
network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across
the nation. The treasures in this system - the first of its kind
in the world - have been set aside by the American people to preserve,
protect, and share, the legacies of this land.
People from all
around the world visit national parks to experience America's story,
marvel at the natural wonders, and have fun. Places like the
Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Gettysburg are popular
destinations, but so too are the hundreds of lesser know yet equally
meaningful gems like Rosie the Riveter in California, Boston Harbor
Islands in Massachusetts, and Russell Cave in Alabama.
American system of national parks was the first of its kind in the
world, and provides a living model for other nations wishing to
establish and manage their own protected areas. The park service
actively consults with these Nations, sharing what we've learned, and
gaining knowledge from the experience of others.
parks, the National Park Service helps communities across America
preserve and enhance important local heritage and close-to-home
recreational opportunities. Grants and assistance are offered to
register, record and save historic places; create community parks and
local recreation facilities; conserve rivers and streams and develop
trails and greenways.
historic places are easy to find because they have national park signs
out front or brass plaques on the wall. Others take a little digging –
sometimes quite literally (like archeological sites). These authentic
places of history offer opportunities to experience where real history
really happened. To trace the steps of a Civil War soldier on the
Gettysburg. To climb a 32-foot ladder to
and watch the morning light glide across this prehistoric cliff
dwelling. To glimpse the desolation faced by more than 10,000 Japanese
Americans confined at
Manzanar during World War II.