Free entrance to Mesa Verde on Martin Luther King Day

Mesa Verde National Park and all 401 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees on Monday, Jan. 20 in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., which includes the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King made his "I have a dream" speech in 1963.

The African American Heritage section of www.nps.gov contains a series of travel itineraries, essays and lesson plans.

There are also links to the dozens of national parks dedicated to African American history and culture, including New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (La.), George Washington Carver National Monument (Mo.), Booker T. Washington National Monument (Va.), and Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial (Calif.).

In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service will waive admission fees on eight other days in 2014 - Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 15 - 17.), the first weekend of National Park Week (April 19 and 20), the National Park Services 98th birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 27) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

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