Free Admission to National Parks on MLK Day
Take advantage of the opportunity to soak up some history or explore the great outdoors at any of the 401 national parks for free. The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Considering that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of King's receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the long holiday weekend would be a good time to visit any of the many parks that honor the civil rights leader and that celebrate African American achievements.
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Sites associated with King include the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, the National Historic Trail in Alabama where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial -- where he spoke of his dream for America -- in Washington, D.C.
Among the parks associated with African Americans are Booker T. Washington National Monument in Virginia, George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri and Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama. The park service has We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement and Aboard the Underground Railroad travel itineraries that list places associated with African American history.
Visit the National Park Service site for a state-by-state list of parks that will waive fees January 20. Normally, 133 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25.