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Cameron Huddleston

Sites that normally charge a fee will waive it on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



If you're looking for something to do over the long holiday weekend, consider visiting a nearby national park. The entrance fee for all 397 national parks will be waived January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There are several parks that honor Dr. King and that celebrate African American achievements.

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Sites associated with the civil rights leader include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Ga., 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 George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama and Nicodemus National Historical Site in Kansas. The park service also has a We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement and Aboard the Underground Railroad travel itineraries which 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 21. Normally, 133 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25.

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