Visit our National Parks on a budget with this discounted America the Beautiful Pass

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Do you love exploring the outdoors? Planning to hit a few National Parks in the next year? You should look into the America the Beautiful Pass. At only $80 for the annual pass, it will end up saving you money if you plan to visit at least 3 or 4 parks in the next year, as many of them have increased their entrance fees in the last few years.

To earn 6% cash back on the pass, follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up for SwagBucks - this a customer loyalty rewards program.
  2. Once you have a SwagBucks account, head here to buy an REI gift card. You can either buy the $75 or the $100 option depending on if you have any other purchases you want to make at REI.
  3. The cash back will be credited to your SwagBucks (SB) account – you can use your SB to purchase gift cards for a variety of stores like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.
  4. You can either use the gift card to purchase the America the Beautiful Pass at, or you can print off the gift card and go purchase the pass in store.
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Want to make the most of your pass? Here are the entrance fees (per vehicle) for some of the most popular parks – I did a happy dance when my pass arrived earlier this month, knowing I won't have to pay any of these entrance fees! Definitely a no brainer to buy the pass if you're planning to hit 3 or more parks in a year.

  • Rocky Mountain – $35
  • Zion – $35
  • Yellowstone – $35
  • Acadia – $35
  • Grand Canyon – $35
  • Yosemite – $35
  • Arches – $30
  • Badlands – $30
  • Death Valley – $30
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon – $35
  • Grand Teton – $35
  • Bryce Canyon – $35
  • Olympic – $30
  • Joshua Tree – $30
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison – $30
  • Great Smoky Mountains – FREE
  • Cuyahoga Valley – FREE
  • New River Gorge – FREE
  • Hot Springs – FREE

Be sure not to miss the fee free days at National Parks as another great way to save money.

What parks are on your bucket list? This scratch off map is a fun way to keep track of how many of the 63 National Parks you have visited! I've been to 13 so far and hope to add a few more this year.

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