We love national parks. Our current travel goal is to visit all 59 national parks. We have purchased an America the Beautiful (interagency pass) annual pass for the past four years. This is how we try to stay frugal on our trips. Entrance fees at the larger parks can run from $25 to $35 per day. That can get pricy. In 2017, we visited 14 national parks and park sites. All but two had entrance fees. Without this pass we would not have visited all of these parks. The pass has always paid for itself each year. With this pass we can access all the parks in the national system but there is more. You can access the following
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Forest Service
- US Army Corp of Engineers
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Reclamation
If you have been following our travels since the beginning you can see that we have stayed in national forest and COE parks. You can get up to half off on RV site fees when you have this pass. We have stayed in some beautiful parks for as little as $9 per day in Louisiana. This is not the norm, most times we pay an average of $15 per day in FS and COE parks.
Even if you are not a full-time RVer this is a valuable way to see the US on a small budget. Do you have an America the Beautiful pass? If so, what is your favorite park? Mine is Yellowstone.