(PRWEB) November 01, 2013
Yosemite National Park will be letting guests in to the popular park without charge November 9, 10 and 11 in honor of Veterans Day as one of several fee-free weekends scheduled throughout the year.
Entry to Yosemite normally costs $20 per vehicle and is good for seven days. National Park Service officials say the free weekends encourage people to get out and see their public lands. Tourism officials in the Yosemite gateway communities say the weekends encourage people to explore even beyond park borders.
“Yosemite has so much to offer, it’s great that these times allow people to see it for free. At the same time, Madera County, California’s Gateway to Yosemite, has much to offer as well, so we see it as a great opportunity for visitors to explore it all,” said Jarrod Lyman, Director of PR with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.
The YSVB promotes what it calls the “Fossils to Falls Trail,” a series of attractions throughout the region leading through Yosemite. The itinerary features museums, art galleries, wineries, outdoor attractions, the icons of Yosemite as well as some lesser-known spots, and much more.
“It has the benefit of being incredibly adaptable as well,” said Lyman.
“There are places like the Fossil Discovery Center in Chowchilla and the Children’s Museum of the Sierra in Oakhurst along with other kid-friendly ideas for families, to spots like the Madera Wine Trail, Erna’s Elderberry House; Central California’s only 5-Star restaurant, and award-winning art galleries for adults,” said Lyman. “And you can easily mix and match.”
Numerous businesses are offering discounts this time of year as well, adding to the savings of the weekend in Yosemite.
“Fall is a great time to travel the trail, as it’s off season so you can find some really great savings,” said Lyman.
Specials include everything from free nights at regional lodging properties, percentage off hotel stays, dining specials and more. Travelers can find those deals at http://www.YosemiteThisYear.com/special-deals.