National Park Service sets free-admission days for 2014

By Gay Nagle Myers
America's 401 national parks will offer free admission on nine days in 2014.

The dates are Jan. 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 15-17, Presidents' Day weekend; April 19-20, National Park Week's opening weekend; Aug. 25, National Park Service's 98th birthday; Sept. 27, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The parks welcome more than 280 million visitors a year, according to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.

Entrance fees range from $3 to $25 normally, but annual passes are free at all times to current military members and their dependents.

Travelers with permanent disabilities get a free lifetime pass; seniors 62 and over pay $10 for a lifetime pass.

Others can purchase an annual pass for $80.

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