11 minutes | Jul 12th 2019

SS 05: National Parks

What to do when you get sick on the road? Destination: National Parks: USA and Canada, Mistake: Getting a hair cut in Hong Kong  Tip: Go where the locals go.


What do I do when I am sick while traveling?


Today’s Independent Destination: National Parks, USA

Why? Because they are not to be missed. Our national heritage. Why our country is so special. You will love America more after visiting.

Dr. Travelbest shares her trip to the National Parks in the West.


What are the fees to get a Senior Pass to the National Parks?


$80 lifetime pass, plus a $10 handling fee. ...

Please note that the price of the lifetime Senior Pass increased to $80 on August 28, 2017.

For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using the application form.


The National Parks are such a great value for us independent travelers. If you are over 62, you can get a lifetime pass. Five free days in 2019, entrance only!


In Canada, you can also get an annual pass, and that can save you a lot of time in line, too. We bought a family pass last year in Banff, which was also good for other National parks in Canada. This is the Canadian Rockies. We visited the Banff Spring Hotel and had a wonderful experience. Lake Louise Ski Resort was a “bucket list” place for me.  We stayed outside the park. A single park pass gets you to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. The Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year at over 80 Parks Canada places that typically charge a daily entrance fee. Visit the Parks Canada Passes and Permits website.

Advice: Don’t get a haircut in Hong Kong

Go to where the locals go. It may be a bar, a café, the local library or church. Find out what the local people do in their daily lives. You don’t always need to visit the “touristy” places, just to say you were there. Consider your personal needs, desires and interests.

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