National parks plan 3 free summer weekends
Jun. 2, 2009 08:00 AM
WASHINGTON - The National Park Service will allow visitors free entry during three weekends this summer to encourage Americans to visit national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Rocky Mountain National Park.
The fee waivers - one each month in June, July and August - will apply to all 391 national parks across the country, from Alaska to Florida.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the free weekends should help American families struggling with the recession afford a memorable vacation.
All 147 Park Service sites that charge fees for entry will waive entrance fees from June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16, Salazar said.
Entry fees being waived range from $3 to $25. That does not apply to fees charged for camping, reservations, tours or concessions.
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." — Henry David Thoreau