Have you always dreamed of traveling across our majestic country to see the Great Smokey Mountains, Yellowstone, or Glacier National Park? Last summer we took the kids and traveled to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks and witnessed the most breathtaking views and sights we may have ever seen. Instead of having their faces buried in an IPAD the children traveled with their heads out the window and saw Bison, Elk, Bears and other magnificent wildlife. It was one of the most awe inspiring trips we have ever taken.
The Lifetime Senior pass to the national park system is set to go up 800% in January 2018. The entrance fee for Yellowstone is currently a whopping $30, Yosemite is also $30 and you still have to pay for a campsite. The most cost effective way to see our national park system has always been a Senior Pass; one must be 62 years of age or older and a citizen or permanent resident of our country to be able to purchase this Lifetime pass. Once you have it, you would have access to more than 2,000 recreation sites across our country managed by the Bureaus of Land Management & Recreation, Fish & Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. The Senior Pass admits the pass owner and passengers at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, where per-person fees are charged (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) The pass will also get the owner discounts on other things like camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours. The cost of the pass is currently set at an incredibly low fee of $10, but beginning in 2018 this pass is set to go up to $80. If you ever plan to visit a national park, you might want to go out and get this pass before the price increase and enjoy a lifetime of exploring!