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Mark Your Calendar, FREE National Park Day



They’re world renown for a reason. In the summer months, the meadows surrounding Paradise at Mt. Rainier become alive with color and folks come from all over the world to delight in their beauty.

Photo: Visit Rainier

Get ready to explore with the entire family! There are four more free admission days in 2017, and one of them is extra special. Why? The National Park Service turns 101 this month, and all the country's national parks, monuments, and recreation areas will be free to explore on Friday, August 25. With more than 400 national parks in the U.S. and its territories, the park service has 120 parks that regularly charge admission fees, which range anywhere from $3 to $30. Lucky for us, those fees will be waived, as they are every year around this date.

Participating parks in our state include:

·       Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

·       Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

·       Mount Rainier National Park

·       Olympic National Park

(Mt. Rainier, PHOTO: DAVID CHAMBERS)

If you can't make it outside on August 25, all hope isn't lost: you'll still get fee-free access to all national lands on National Public Lands Day (September 30) and Veterans Day Weekend (November 11-12). Happy Trails!

For more information, visit www.nps.gov.

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