By Mary Forgione
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
7:30 AM PST, January 17, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday marks the first fee-free day of the year for national parklands and forests in California and nationwide. It's a great chance to explore places that remind us of King's powerful quest for peace and equality.
The deal: No fees means no entrance fees will be charged at 398 parks and 17,000 recreational sites in national forests. In Southern California that means visitors won't need to purchase an Adventure Pass to visit the Angeles, San Bernardino and other nearby national forests.
This year the King holiday coincides with the public presidential inauguration in Washington. For travelers going to the nation's capital, two stops on the National Mall tell King's story: the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that features a towering statue of the civil rights leader and the Lincoln Memorial where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.
When: Entrance fees are waived for Monday only.
Details: Southern Californians staying closer to home can save the $20 fee at Yosemite, Death Valley and Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks and the $15 fee at Joshua Tree National Park. Visitors to the Angeles National Forest for hiking or snow play save $5 on a daily Adventure Pass.
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