In our fast-paced, consumer-based society, it can be difficult to find time to take a break. After a long year, the Holiday season should be about relaxation and meditation. So instead of rummaging through bins and hectic crowds at some Black Friday sales, join the millions of people helping to create a new family holiday the day after Thanksgiving by hitting your nearest state park — for free.
For the third year in a row, outdoor retailer REI launched their #OptOutside campaign in which it closes all of its stores and encourage others to get outdoors and explore.
Since the alternative Black Friday began, national and state parks around the U.S. have been waiving fees for entry and parking to help continue the tradition. Besides, who could say no at an opportunity to refresh and remind themselves that the world is a beautiful place. Not only does REI promote outdoor activities, they also provide inspiring resources, tools, and content to allow you to get inspired and receive the most out of your trip — from trail guides, to advice, and other events.
The Black Friday deals vary by state, of course. For example, it is the first year Washington state will be participating in the shenanigans. On the contrary, it will be the third year in a row that Oregon, Arizona, and California state parks will waive the day-use and parking fees.
And the trend seems to be catching on around the nation. Some of these parks will even have organized events like group hiking trips for those who need that extra push to get outdoors and revel in the wild.
You can find which state or national parks near you are participating this year below.
State and National Parks with No Entry Fee for Black Friday 2017
- Alaska State Parks
- Arizona State Parks
- Bureau of Land Management
- California State Parks (Redwoods)
- Colorado State Parks
- Delaware State Parks
- Georgia State Parks
- Kansas State Parks
- Massachusetts State Parks
- Minnesota State Parks
- Missouri State Parks
- National Forest Foundation
- National Park Foundation
- National Park Service
- Oregon State Parks
- Tennessee State Parks
- Vermont State Parks
- Washington National Parks
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