SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The first of five "fee-free" days at America's national parks falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this month.
Entrance to any of the country's more than 400 national parks is waived on Jan. 20 in honor of MLK's birthday, including at San Diego's Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma.
Guests can take in panoramic views of downtown San Diego and the surrounding bay while learning about 16th century explorers and San Diego's discovery in 1542. Films are shown daily covering Cabrillo and the monument's history, and living history reenactors walk guests through the Age of Exploration.
There are also bunkers lining the cliff side of Fort Rosecrans that date back to World War II and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse for visitors to check out. The park's trails leading down to tide pools also provide great hiking and education on native plants for guests to enjoy.
The National Parks Service's fee-free days this year include:
- January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 18: First day of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 26: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day