Lonely Planet Writer

US national parks to waive admission on 25 August

On 25 August, the US National Parks Service will waive entrance fees to all national parks to celebrate the agency’s 99th birthday.

Brandy Creek Falls, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California.
Brandy Creek Falls, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, California. Image by rubengarciajrphotography / CC BY 2.0

The NPS was founded in 1916 after president Woodrow Wilson signed into law a bill that would ‘conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.’ Only 127 of the US’s 408 national parks charge admission fees. Read more: nps.gov