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2017 Free Entrance Days in National Parks + Washington State Parks | Mt Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park

Rainier National Park

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington’s National Parks & State Parks will be fee free on Monday, January 16! It’s one of many free-free days in 2017, so mark your calendars!



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From press release:
Free Entrance Days in the National ParksFree National Parks Days 2017
More info: nps.gov

The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of our second century by visiting a park in 2017. During ten days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2017:

  • January 16
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20
    Presidents’ Day
  • April 15&16, 22-23
    Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12
    Veterans Day

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.

Mt Rainier National Park

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day’s exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like three magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its many faces!

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Washington State Parks 2017 Discover Pass Free Days
More info: discoverpass.wa.gov
List of State Parks: parks.wa.gov

Washington State Parks offers several “free days” when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Following are 2017 free days:

  • Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 15-16 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 19 — State Park’s 104th birthday
  • April 15  — Spring day
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • June 3 — National Trails Day
  • June 10 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • Aug. 25 — National Park Service 101st Birthday
  • Sept. 30 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 24 — Autumn day

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days. Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.

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