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Photo: Asif Islam (Shutterstock) The National Park Service has announced their 2021 free park dates and it’s time to start making your travel plans. Since pandemic activities have kept us mostly indoors for much of 2020, making a getaway to the great outdoors might be the perfect plan for your new, less-restricted year. (I’ve been taking walks around the same twenty blocks since March, so a change would be nice.) Seeing the geyser at Yellowstone or taking in breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon are definitely bucket-list worthy endeavors, and since there are over 400 national parks in the United States and U.S. territories to choose from, it’s easy to plan a nearby day trip or weekend getaway. Plan for free admission days Entrance to national parks can cost anywhere from $5 per person to $35 per vehicle, but planning around the free admission dates can help save money. Here are 2021’s free park dates: January 18: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. August 4: One-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act August 25: National Park Service’s 105th Birthday September 25: National Public Lands Day November 11: Veterans Day Use the ‘Explore Parks’ search feature Visitors can search by county or state by using the Explore Parks tab on the National Park Service website. I was able to find sites I never knew were national parks right outside my door. It’s an easy way to find daytime activities just minutes away, or plan ahead for a long road […]