February 14, 2018 2 min read

It’s time to get outside and see more of America's beauty. By treating yourself to an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass you’ll gain access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. If that’s not enough, here are 6 more reasons to gift yourself an annual pass this year.


1. Exercising outside is more fun.


National Parks are the perfect place for hiking, biking, running, skiing, and many other outdoor activities. Remember that new year’s resolution to be more active? Why spend that time indoors at the gym when you could exercise outdoors with beautiful scenery instead? And once you’ve paid for that park pass, you’ll want to get your money’s worth. More parks and more exercise is a win-win!

2. You'll save money

A park pass will help you save so you can spend on necessities elsewhere. Most popular national parks charge a $40 entry fee for vehicles. But with a National Parks Pass, you pay $80 for the entire year -- for as many parks as you can get to! If you’re visiting more than one park, you’re almost guaranteed to save money by opting for the annual card. Treat yourself to some new digs with the money you saved. Remember, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Or perhaps you can put that extra savings towards the gas you’ll need for a family road trip across country from park to park.

3. Parks are perfect for family time

Speaking of family time, did you know that some of your family members may be able to apply for a free pass? U.S. Military Service members, individuals with disabilities, federal agency volunteers, and your 4th grader can all apply for a free annual park pass.

4. The outdoors actually make you feel better!


Science has proven that being out in nature can vastly improve your mood, as can viewing wildlife. The National Parks are the perfect place to get outdoors and view all sorts of fascinating plants and animals that differ from coast to coast. Watch wild horses on Asateague Island in Maryland or bears and moose in Alaska. You know you won’t want to spend just one day, so you’re going to need that parks pass. For your health.

5. National parks need our support

Help resist the latest attempts to shrink public lands by supporting the national parks with your purchase of a park pass. Let’s ensure that future generations will still be able to enjoy our beautiful, wild places. Every little bit counts.

6. You could be inspired

Many of our heros have found inspiration in the National Parks in all sorts of ways. Ansel Adams found inspiration in the scenery for photography. According to Ken Burns, John Muir, nature observer and theorist, found new perspectives by standing upside down to watch trees in a park during a storm. You never know what might inspire you out there.

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