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Recreational Areas and Activities

Đang chơi bàiGet information on travel in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn how to get passes for national and state parks, wildlife refuges, and other federal recreation sites. Explore a variety of outdoor recreational activities, like camping, fishing, and more.

For the COVID-19 situation in the state you're visiting, check the state government and state health departmentĐang chơi bài sites. Some things to look for are:

  • Đang chơi bàiA coronavirus cases-by-county map

  • The state’s stay-at-home guidelines

  • Đang chơi bàiAny restrictions on out-of-state visitors. There may be limits on who can enter and/or a 14-day self-quarantine requirement.

In some states, additional rules are being made at the city or county level, so check the local government website too.

Coronavirus Travel and Recreation Restrictions Within the U.S.

Check the state government website of your destination and any state you're passing through. You may also want to check the state travel and tourism officeĐang chơi bài for things like:

  • Hotel availability

  • Status of recreational facilities such as parks, beaches, and campgrounds

In some cases, you can visit parks and other outdoor recreation areas while minimizing the risks to yourself and others. See this .

, you can enter any of 2,000 . These include national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.

  • Note: You can’t use the pass at state parks.

Đang chơi bàiThere are several types of America the Beautiful passes:

  • The Annual Pass for $80
  • A Lifetime Senior Pass for $80 or an Annual Senior Pass for $20
  • A free lifetime Access Pass for people with disabilities
  • Free annual passes for the military, fourth graders, and volunteers

Visit the for information on how to get each type of pass.

State Park Passes

There are more than 10,000 state parks in the U.S. Most states charge park entrance fees.

  • Đang chơi bàiMany states sell annual passes for all state parks in their state.

  • Đang chơi bàiSome sell passes for individual parks or for regions within their state, such as the Lake Tahoe region in California.

  • Đang chơi bàiSome states don’t charge entrance fees and don’t sell entrance passes.

  • State park passes can only be used at state parks in the state that issued the pass. They can’t be used at national parks in the state, and they can’t be used at another state’s parks.

Many states offer free or discounted annual passes for groups such as:

  • Veterans

  • Seniors

  • People with disabilities

The details are different for every state. to learn about its fees and passes.

Đang chơi bài for trip planning, reservations, and more. Learn about parks, forests, monuments, and other public lands across the U.S. and its territories. You can also explore these other options:

Parks and Forests

  • - There are more than 400 national parks protecting treasured landscapes and historic areas. in your state or one you're planning to visit.
  • - Each state has its own system of parks with camping, activities, and historic places.
  • - Discover national forests and grasslands, home to 150,000 miles of trails, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 439 wilderness areas, and 122 wild and scenic rivers.

Monuments and Historic Sites

  • - Over the years, America's presidents established more than 100 national monuments, archeological, and historic sites on public lands. .
  • - World Heritage sites are places of natural or cultural importance. By international treaty, they belong to all of the world’s people. .

Protected Land Areas, Fishing Sanctuaries, and Wildlife Refuges

  • - Enjoy the beauty and variety of marine life, and the cultural significance of shipwrecks, at 14 in the oceans and Great Lakes. Most permit recreational fishing, diving, surfing, swimming, and kayaking.
  • - You can hunt, fish, and observe nature at these protected habitats. They’re home to more than 700 species of birds, 220 species of mammals, 250 reptile and amphibian species and more than 1,000 species of fish. near you.
  • - Use this list to find more protected areas by state.
  • - Wilderness areas preserve and protect lands in their natural condition. and the visitor rules that apply.

State Tourism Offices and Road Trip Suggestions

  • - Ready for a road trip? Find maps and information about 150 distinct and diverse roads across America. Each has special archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, or scenic qualities.
  • State Tourism Offices - State tourism offices can help you with all aspects of your visit. They have information about festivals and events, museums and landmarks, restaurants, lodging, and more.
. You can search by entering the name of a national park, forest, landmark, or activity.

  • also has a list of national parks and fun events.

  • State Recreational Areas

    Đang chơi bàiFor information on recreational activities in your state:


    You can camp at many national sites across the country. They include parks, national seashores, lakeshores, forests, and wilderness areas. Guidelines and fees to visit or use a campsite vary by location. . You’ll get a summary of the campsite, maps, and contact information to make a reservation. . For camping information in your state, contact your or state tourism office.


    You can find many national and state fishing locations. These sites include lakes, rivers, and waterways that offer many fishing opportunities. . Learn about the many types of fishing, safety tips, and more. For information on saltwater fishing, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) or the . Each state grants permits (fishing licenses) based on the season or time of year you can fish. For fishing laws and regulations in your state, contact your . There may be rules on the type of bait and fishing equipment you can use. There may also be limits on the number, size, and type of fish you can keep.


    Đang chơi bàiHunt big game, small game, or go bird hunting based on where and when you visit public lands. . Hunting fees, licensing, and seasonal restrictions vary by location. There are more than 370 national wildlife refuges and protected wetlands in the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). . Everyone age 16 and older who wants to hunt must get a hunting license. Kids under 16 may need a junior hunting license. If you want to hunt waterfowl, you need a in addition to a state hunting license. For hunting licenses and regulations in your state, contact your .

    Boating and Other Activities

    Public parks, lakes, and rivers offer a variety of boating activities. If you don’t own a boat, you can find places to rent one. . You’ll find descriptions of sites, maps, directions, and contact information. . For state boating laws and regulations, contact your . Licensing, fees, and seasonal restrictions may vary from site to site.

    Public lands provide many types of biking activities and trails. . Find out about licensing, fees, and seasonal restrictions before planning your bike ride.

    You can also explore a wide range of hiking trails at public recreational areas. Many trails are paved to provide wheelchair access. . You’ll find trail maps, details about trail conditions, and more. For information about biking or hiking in your state, contact your or state tourism office.

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    Last Updated: June 26, 2020