Historic Hotels near National Parks and Lands
Did you know that more than 200 of our historic hotels are within 50 miles of a National Park Service unit? That’s 407 unique national historic sites, national parks, and national recreation areas (among others) to explore! Here’s our advice for free and discounted admission to the National Park Service system as well as tips on booking hotels and lodging near national parks.
Free and Discounted Admission at National Parks
What a great time to be in fourth grade! Thanks to the White House and the National Park Service, every fourth-grader in the nation gets a FREE PASS for themselves AND their family for the entire 2015-16 school year. This August, the “Every Kid in a Park” program will issue a pass that gives each fourth-grader and their family free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and more!
And it’s not just students and their families that receive benefits from the National Park Service; current US military members and the dependents of deployed military also receive free admission at National Parks and Federal Recreational sites that charge entrance fees.
Seniors (age 62 or over) can purchase discounted admission to National Parks for only $10 either online or at a federal recreation site. The $10 lifetime pass may also provide a 50% discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as swimming and camping.
Happy Birthday to America’s National Parks
As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016, it’s looking like quite a party. Since President Theodore Roosevelt first exercised the American Antiquities Act, conservation forerunner of the National Park Service, 407 unique natural and historic sites throughout America have been tapped for protection. These include locations in every one of the 50 states and territories.
Of course, in the District of Columbia, all national monuments and museums are always free of charge, even without a military or 9-year-old escort.
So, whether it’s the historical pull of the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge, or the natural draw of the Grand Canyon or the Everglades, this is the perfect moment for Americans to vacation in America. Only 127 of our 407 parks usually charge an admission fee and these, too, are free to everyone nine days each year including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day weekend, the opening weekend of National Park Week in April, National Park Service Day on August 25, National Public Lands Day in September and on Veterans Day.
Perfectly Paired: Historic Hotels and National Parks
Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a partner of the National Park Foundation. For those planning on a trip to embrace the spirit of exploring our nation’s legacy, more than 260 authentic and historically significant hotels, inns and resorts are featured on the Historic Hotels of America website. Nearby each of these authentic lodging places, outstanding experiences are listed — national parks, Civil War events, battlefields, landmarks, memorials, seascapes, landforms, historic buildings and attractions.
Book a stay by December 31, 2015 and receive a complimentary 12-month family membership to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition to free admission to historic sites managed by the National Trust, you’ll get exclusive travel deals, discounts, no booking fees and best rate guarantees while supporting a nonprofit organization with the mission of preserving and promoting America’s irreplaceable hospitality landmarks.