U.S. National Parks
Are you a foreigner traveling to the United States? Are you interested in visiting any number of our 59 national parks or 113 national monuments? If the answer is yes, and you are planning on visiting at least 3, then I recommend you get the America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass from the National Park Service.
Entrance fees to our national parks and monuments range anywhere from $15 to $25 depending on the park, and some, such as Crater Lake National Park in the Southern Cascades of Oregon, are even free if you visit during the winter. The entrance fees are good for the driver and all passengers of a personal vehicle for up to (7) days. The America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass costs just $80 for the whole year and is available to EVERYONE. That’s right…EVERYONE! I figure most visitors to our national parks will end up visiting at least Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and maybe Sequoia or Zion. The entrance fees for all of these parks costs $25, so if you visit all of these parks, the annual pass has more than paid for itself! I have the annual pass and I can definitely tell you that it is worth the cost. Since I bought the pass in July 2014, I have had the pleasure of visiting four of the Mighty 5 national parks in Utah (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Arches), the Grand Canyon, Redwood National Park at the very north of California, Crater Lake National Park (twice!), Mount Rainier National Park in Washington (twice!), Olympic National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. The value that you get out of this pass far exceeds the $80 that you pay for it, and you can rest assured that you’ll be helping in protecting and preserving our national parks and monuments for future generations to come.
The annual pass covers entrance fees to all lands managed by the National Park Service and also the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service. You can go to national parks such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, national monuments such as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Vermillion Cliffs, and national recreation areas such as Glen Canyon and Lake Mead. Though designated a national monument, this pass WILL NOT work at the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island as there are technically no entrance fees. For more information about the America the Beautiful Interagency Annual Pass, you can visit the U.S. National Park Service website here.