There are single-day, multi-day, and yearly passes available. Bicycles and pedestrians are free to enter. The current one-day parking price is $8.00*, and the 12-month parking permit is $55.00. There is a shuttle service that runs between the two areas throughout the day at no charge.
*As of January 1st, 2016 hours parking has increased to $10.00 for each hour parked.
Yes, you can visit both areas for free by using the Island Explorer bus but it only runs during certain times of the year and is not recommended as an option if you want to see much of the island.
St. Simons Island is a great place to visit and is very popular so expect most attractions and restaurants to be crowded the majority of the time. If you'd like to avoid the crowds then try to plan your visits around low-traffic times such as early in the morning or late in the evening.
The best way to enjoy St. Simons Island is by exploring all its nooks and crannies. There are many beautiful beaches to go hiking or biking on, as well as projects being done by different organizations that will give you a better idea about what life was like before modern conveniences.
Park Entrance Fees A $30 admission charge admits one single, private, non-commercial car and all of its occupants for seven consecutive days. The money received from admission fees stays in the park and is utilized to improve the visitor experience at the lake. There are four entrances to Lake Powell: Mexican Beach, Indian Beach, Rainbow Bridge, and Glen Canyon.
Lodging and food can also add up if you want to spend a lot of time at the lake. The average visitor spends about two weeks at Lake Powell. If you plan to stay for a long period of time, it might make more sense to look for housing near any specific areas you want to see first-hand, such as Navajo Nation lands or Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Otherwise, you could just rent a house or cabin and explore whatever interests you when you aren't visiting the lake.
There are no mandatory checkpoints where the police stop vehicles to check their license plates. However, officers may stop drivers for various reasons. For example, an officer may pull you over if he or she suspects you may be drunk or driving without a license.
The only way to avoid getting stopped by the police is not to drive your vehicle across the border into Utah. But since most visitors don't know this rule, it's unlikely that you will be singled out for special treatment.
Assateague Island National Seashore has charged an admission fee since 1971. Since 2015, the current tariff of $20 per car or $15 per motorbike has been in force. The park is one of 112 National Park Service locations that charge an admission fee; the remaining 307 national parks will remain free to visit. The NPS says that it uses fees to maintain and improve the park, but some groups oppose charging for entry into national parks.
In addition to Assateague Island, the other areas of the national seashore that require a vehicle are Chincoteague Island, Mastic Beach, and Ocean View. Bicycles are allowed on all four islands except during hunting seasons. Dogs are permitted on Assateague Island and Chincoteague Island but not on Mastic Beach or Ocean View.
There are no restrooms on Assateague Island. On the other three islands, there are full-service facilities with running water and flush toilets. There are also portable toilets on Assateague Island.
Assateague Island is accessible only by boat or plane. There is no road traffic on the island. The nearest land mass is Virginia's Eastern Shore.
People come from around the world to visit Assateague Island. In 2016, there were more than 500,000 visitors who spent $57 million dollars in the area. Most visitors arrive by ferry from Maryland or Virginia.