There are only a handful of days a year when America’s national parks are fee-free. National Public Lands Day, September 27, is one of those days. This day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands, and it has quite a following. National parks abound in the Northwest, so finding a park to explore is easy enough, but doing the research is crucial. Ample information on nps.gov or wta.org makes it possible to plan your trip adequately. The fee-free pass means that entrance fees, commercial tours charge and transportation entrance fees are waived. However, charges for camping, reservations, tours and concessions are still in effect. Arriving early in the day ensures a full and healthy dose of nature all before bedtime.
For more information, visit publiclandsday.org.