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Free admission offered during National Parks Week

April 16, 2010 |  2:52 pm

Panoramic view of the Grand Canyon.

National Parks Week begins Saturday and runs through April 25, and to celebrate, all 392 national parks nationwide will offer free admission.

Parks will also offer additional activities as well as special offers on lodging, tours, food and souvenirs. A list of all special events and discounts, searchable by state or by park, can be found on the National Park Service website.

"We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting everyone to visit a national park and help celebrate National Parks Week," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a news release. "Parks are fun and affordable destinations and great places to engage in healthy outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days."

146 of the 392 national parks usually charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The fee free waiver does not include other fees collected, such as those for reservations, camping or use of concessions.

"National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences, and provide places for quiet refuge," said National Parks Service Director Jon Jarvis. "Most people live within a short drive of a national park so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying America's Great Outdoors during National Park Week."

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Panoramic view of the Grand Canyon. Credit: National Park Service

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