Are you active and taking care of your health? Do you like hiking in nature and camping? Perhaps traveling?

Being retired means you have a lot of free time to explore the world. And if you don’t like traveling too much, there are still plenty of places to visit in the US.

The US is a vast country, and here you can find almost everything. From sunny Florida to dark Alaska, from hot Death Valley to cold Michigan winters, from beautiful beaches to breathtaking mountains.

And now is the best time to explore.

National parks are among America’s greatest treasures (Yosemite being my favorite). With a National Parks Senior Pass, you have the opportunity to visit over 2,000 national parks and recreational lands.

About the National Parks Senior Pass

Every US resident age 62 and above is eligible to apply for the pass. It enables you to enter national parks and recreational lands throughout the country. It can even give you a 50% discount on certain services, such as camping.

These passes can’t be replaced if stolen. Also, they can’t be transferred to another person. There are places which charge per person and places that charge per vehicle. When visiting a place that charges per person, three more people can accompany you and enter the place free of charge.

How Much Does It Cost?

There are two types of passes: annual and lifetime.

As of August 2017, the price of a lifetime pass is $80, which is amazing considering all the sites you get access to. Apart from the price of the pass, you will need to pay a handling fee ($10) as well, if you order online or through the mail.

An annual pass costs $20. As the name suggest, it is valid for one year from the month of purchase. This means if you bought an annual pass on February 8 2019, it would be valid until February 29th, 2020. The $10 handling fee is not included in the price. If you purchase four annual passes for four years straight, you may turn them in for a lifetime pass.

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How to Obtain the National Parks Senior Pass

Both lifetime and annual passes can be obtained through the application form on the official website or at a federal recreation site. Before obtaining a pass, you will need to prove you are a resident of the US and you are 62 or older. Always have a document with a photo, because you need to prove you are the owner by showing your photo identification when entering a site.

Camping With a National Parks Senior Pass

Camping is a fun activity! Perhaps you didn’t have enough free time to go camping when younger, but now is the perfect moment. Along with free access to various camp sites, the Senior Pass may provide additional discounts.

Planning a trip? Make sure you bring your friends or family with you. Pack all the necessities and don’t forget to take medicine for the whole trip. You never know where the nearest pharmacy will be, and it is better to be prepared.

Check the weather forecast to know what clothes to pack. A power bank is also a good asset.

Read more about senior travel tips here.

Retirement is the time to travel and explore the country. There are so many natural spots that will take your breath away. You have probably seen them in photos. Now is the time to visit them in person.

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