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National parks offer free admission this weekend

August 12, 2009 | 10:12 am

A view of Half Dome from the Yosemite Village in Yosemite National Park, one of
the parks offering free admission this weekend.

National parks across the country will be offering free admission this weekend.

Entrance fees will be waived Saturday and Sunday at parks that normally charge them, saving visitors from $3 to $25.

While the cost for activities such as camping, tours or concessions are not affected by the entrance fee waiver, many park partners, including area hotels and restaurants, will offer discounts and special promotions.

"Most Americans live within a few hours' drive of a national park," said Dan Wenk, acting director of the National Park Service. "Free entrance weekends offer the perfect chance to visit an old favorite or to discover and explore a new place."

There's more information about fee-free weekends on the park service's website.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Visitors can get a free look at Half Dome at Yosemite National Park this weekend. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times