Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Travel Tip Tuesday: America the Beautiful for only $10

DSCF1241Smokey the Bear, that icon of the U.S. Forest Service  has got one smokin’ deal for all you senior citizens out there.

Did you know that for $10 those of you who are 62 years of age and older can obtain a lifetime pass that gets you into more than 2,000 federal recreation sites?

Thanks for today’s Travel Tip goes to Larry in New Jersey and his son Aaron in Washington State, who tipped us off to this incredible deal.

Residents of the United States know that it costs to visit our national forests and federal recreation lands these days. 

The annual pass price: $80.
The senior citizen lifetime pass price: $10.

What does the senior pass do?

WARoadTrip2012 187Covers 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, Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

At places with a vehicle charge it covers the pass owner and passengers in the car.

Even better, it covers the pass owner and three additional adults in the car if it is a place that charges a per-person fee.

How to get the pass?

Passes can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using an application form that is provided on the National Park website (click the link).  For passes obtained by mail there is an additional $10 processing fee.

We recommend you check out the website listed above as it offers details about the Senior Pass and the amenities it provides as well as information on Free Annual Passes for U.S. Military members and their dependents; Free Access Passes for those with permanent disabilities and Free Volunteer Passes.

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  1. This is an amazing tip--one that I can't wait to pass on to my Mom save for fear that she will totally pout because honestly? We all need to come up for a better name than "Senior Pass", non?

    1. You are so right Heather! We need some other label for those who are commonly labeled senior. I nearly fainted when I saw that our Kirkland Parks department considered me a 'senior' when I turned 50 - yikes!

  2. Cool! I (almost) wish I was old enough to get one of these.

  3. Wow, what a wonderful, kept-under-the-wraps tip. I'm definitely going to tell my parents about it. What a great excuse to see the country!

  4. Absolutely - not excuse not to head out at that price for entry. Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you back on Travel Photo Thursday!


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