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Latest News, Deals & Savings for June 8

National Park Service is waiving admission fees on three summer weekends with the first free weekend set for June 20-21, San Antonio expands its famous River Walk, and Frontier Airlines is adding daily service from Denver to Tulsa.

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National Park Service Waiving Entrance Fees on Three Weekends

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on three weekends this summer as a way to encourage visitors to explore these national treasures and make family vacations this year a little more affordable.

The three free admission weekends are June 20-21, July 18-19, and Aug. 15-16, 2009.

"During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said. "I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation's crown jewels this summer and take advantage of the three free-admission weekends."

There are 391 national parks located across the country in 49 states. The entrance fees being waived at the 147 sites that usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. The 244 other parks in the system do not charge entrance fees. The waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors-such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

"National Parks also serve as powerful economic engines for local communities and we hope that promoting visitation will give a small shot in the arm to businesses in the area," he added.

Additionally, many park partners including tour operators, hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and other vendors will offer additional discounts and special promotions on those dates, he said. More information on the fees and discounts can be found at

Most Americans live less than a day's drive from a park, the secretary noted.

Nationwide, parks last year attracted more than 275 million recreation visits. Spending by non-local visitors provided $10.6 billion for local economies, supporting more than 213,000 jobs, not counting National Park Service jobs.

The National Park Service website provides information to help the public plan their park adventures at
www.nps.gov .

San Antonio Opens Expanded River Walk

San Antonio has unveiled a much-anticipated extension to its celebrated River Walk, one of the top tourist attractions in Texas.

This 1.3-mile, $72 million addition nearly doubles the length, connecting even more museums, restaurants, hotels, theaters and historic sites with meandering pathways that border the spring-fed San Antonio River.

Attractions along the extended River Walk include the San Antonio Museum of Art and the historic Pearl Brewery, an eco-friendly urban village that offers top restaurants and shopping that borders on a gallery tour, making San Antonio an even better experience for travelers this summer.

On treks and boat rides through this addition, visitors will enjoy public art displays, water features, pocket parks and even a lock and dam system reminiscent of the Panama Canal.

The lock and dam acts as an elevator to raise and lower boats between varying river levels.

An additional architectural highlight is the grotto, an artificial cave designed by San Antonio artist Carlos Cortes that acts as a pocket park and natural art gallery while allowing pedestrians to stroll behind a waterfall. Like other art installations along the River Walk extension, the grotto's unique design blends seamlessly with the river and its surroundings.

There's more River Walk to come. Plans are underway to extend the River Walk an additional nine miles for a total of 13 miles, connecting four of San Antonio's 18th-century Spanish colonial missions. The $279 million River Improvements Project is expected to reach completion in 2014.

For more information, visit the Web site at

Frontier Airlines Adding Service to Tulsa

Frontier Airlines will begin twice-daily nonstop service to Tulsa International Airport (TUL) from its hub at Denver International Airport (DEN) on Aug. 2, 2009. Frontier's wholly-owned subsidiary Lynx Aviation will provide service for the route.

This is the first new city added to the Frontier network in 2009, the company said.

"We are happy to be back in Tulsa," said President of Lynx Cameron Kenyon. "We look forward to reintroducing our affordable fares, the choice and added value that comes with our AirFairs product and the great customer service for which both Lynx and Frontier employees are known."

Frontier Airlines originally began service to Tulsa in May 2005 before leaving as part of a network-wide capacity reduction program in 2008.

To celebrate the launch of service to Tulsa, Frontier Airlines and Lynx Aviation announced a re-introductory sale that started June 3, 2009, that will connect customers from Tulsa to 40 Frontier and Lynx destinations across the United States for as low as $59 each way. Sale-priced tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MDT on July 7, 2009, for travel through Nov. 18, 2009. Other conditions may apply.

For a complete list of fares, please visit