Visiting one of America’s spectacular national parks is a vacation to remember for a lifetime. Europe may have the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben, but America has the Grand Canyon, the geysers at Yellowstone and the giant trees at Sequoia National Park, just to mention a few.

If visiting these U.S. treasures is out of your budget (most parks charge a per vehicle admission fee), the National Park Service has scheduled several fee-free days for 2013. They are January 21, April 22-26, August 25, September 28 and November 9-11. More than 100 parks and monuments that customarily charge admission will be free to the public!

Just a few of the 100 parks included in this offer are:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Everglades National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Acadia National Park in Maine
  • California’s Sequoia National Park
  • Cape Cod National Seashore
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada
  • Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
  • Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park
  • Zion National Park

If you can’t travel on one of the fee-free days, there are 394 national parks and monuments that are free to the public 365 days a year. Just a few of these include Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC; the Pony Express National Historic Trail in Colorado; the Presidio in San Francisco; Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida; the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park in Ohio; and Boston’s Longfellow House. For more about national parks and monuments near you, visit the National Park Service Web site.

Touring America’s many natural and historic sites doesn’t have to be expensive!