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National Parks Our Best Idea

Everglades Map Photographer Eileen LudwigI first fell in love with National Parks when I did a cross country trip decades ago. I bought an annual pass so that I could easily go to any of the parks that I may have encountered along any route I choose to take.

Entrance to the most National Parks require a fee but with an annual pass your cost are greatly reduced. This year was my opportunity for a Senior pass for life giving me a fantastic reduction in real savings for the rest of my life to any National Park. Now I have a pass for life. The Senior pass has given me the motivation to make it a point to go see all the National Parks soon .

National Parks here I come!

I headed south to Everglades National Park and Biscayne Bay National Park for an adventure into nature during my Spring vacation.

Everglades Map Photographer Eileen Ludwig
Watch Ken Burns   The National Parks: America’s Best Idea


Road trips are therapeutic for me especially when feeling confined. I sometimes just hop in my car and go somewhere without warning. It has gotten harder to do trips on the fly due to high gas prices. I have found I have to plan my trips more carefully. If trips are properly planned,  whether for daily errands, for staycations, or distance travel  the cost can be more reasonable.

Going to National Parks are sensible escape into serenity for those of us who like to get out in nature and explore the world.

Make sure to do the Ranger programs, discover the visitor centers, and look at the postcards to ascertain what sights are a definite visit. Many of the parks are putting up pictures on and videos on YouTube, so make sure to see the films based on the attraction. Their websites also have numerous photographs and links to other videos about the attractions, so make sure to check them out before heading to any National Park.

Trams Shark Valley Photographer Eileen LudwigRemember for any activity with a fee, ask if there is a Senior Discount. For the trams at Shark Valley Everglades National Park my savings was a dollar.

Trams Shark Valley Photographer Eileen Ludwig


The films produced in conjunction with the Discovery Channel for the Biscayne Bay National Park or other sources gave me a good overview of the parks. With the films and artifacts in the Visitor Centers at the parks one can get a real sense of what is going on.


America’s Best Idea: National Parks by Ken Burns DVD series is worth checking out of your library or buy from Amazon. Saving money meant I got it from the library.


The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

Annual Pass

$80 annual pass

Available to everyone

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military and Their Dependents

For active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)

Senior Pass

$10 Lifetime pass  (in person price)

For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

Need either birth certificate or passport to prove age ( your license is not enough but maybe)

Check the National Park Service site for other passes and prices.

FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links with hopes of supporting my operating cost and traveling habit.

What is your favorite National Park?


Eileen Lud­wig, travel writer of  Free­lance Tourist brings to the world insights about places to travel, dis­counts, Stay­ca­tions, Restau­rant Reviews, movie reviews, and fas­ci­nat­ing tibits. She is owner four of  other sites: Pho­tog­ra­phy, Web Design SchoolSocial Media School and Theme Park Boomers
Each are in dif­fer­ent stages of devel­op­ment and evolution.

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