National Park Service waiving fees to celebrate summer

The National Park Service entrance fees will also be waived on Aug. 14 and 15; Sept. 25 and Nov. 11. Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions are not affected by the entrance fee waiver.

There are 147 parks that normally charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 245 national parks do not charge entrance fees, so you can plan inexpensive visits year round.

For more information, visit the National Park Service, http://www.nps.gov.

The state of Utah boasts some of the most incredible national parks -- Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, the north rim of the Grand Canyon and Zion.

Plan to head west this summer to visit one or more on the cheap!

Today only (June 3), Continental Airlines offers one-way rates of just $64 to Salt Lake City on trips finished on or before April 30, 2011.

There are just three blackout dates to avoid: Nov. 28; Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Rules are simple. Give at least a 10-day or more advance notice of travel. Stick to travel on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Saturdays. But other days are also affordable at just $79 each way.

Add $20 to cover taxes, fees and surcharges.

Don't miss out on this rare savings opportunity to a wonderful vacation playground. http://www.continental.com

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