Whoopee! This year my little family of four qualifies for a Senior (62 or older) $10 Lifetime National Parks Pass.
We are going to couple the National Parks Pass with my dream to visit the seven remaining U.S. states that I have never visited and the parks in those states. This three-month, five thousand-mile RV journey is a bucket list trip for both me and my husband John.
Let me explain why it is so very exciting (that is if you don’t already know). The National Park Service website <http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm> states that the Senior Lifetime Pass…
“is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (up to four adults at sites that charge per person).”
That means that we should experience quite the savings as we travel through and near these places:
- Start in Washington state: camp at Olympic National Park
- Montana: visit Glacier National Park
- North Dakota: experience Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
- Minnesota: camp at Voyageurs National Park
- Wisconsin: enjoy Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
- Iowa: discover Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
- Nebraska: travel along The California National Historic Trail
- South Dakota: camp and explore Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks
- Wyoming: the highlight of the trip is sure to be Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
- Idaho: explore Nez Perce National Historic Park
- Oregon: rest and recuperate at Crater Lake National Park
- End in Washington State: explore and camp at San Juan Island National Historic Park in Friday Harbor, WA
I thank the National Park Services for their website full of information about the National Parks. It is a great place to start our planning for the this trip that will be a once in a lifetime journey for us. Thanks too for the Senior pass. It is a great reward for making it to age 62! (You can learn more about other passes at the National Parks website.)
Happy Travels to you all and don’t hesitate to let me know if there are sites that we should not miss when we take this journey.