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Web Searches for National Parks Soar

By Ed O'Keefe

Yesterday, The Eye reported the National Park Service plans to waive park entrance fees three weekends this summer. This move comes on the heels of growing interest in the system, according to the folks at Yahoo!, who send notice that Web searches for information on America's national parks have soared in the last month, as summer approaches.

Here's a list from Yahoo! of the most-searched parks in the last 30 days:

1. “Grand Canyon National Park” (Arizona)
2. “Yellowstone National Park” (Wyoming)
3. “Yosemite National Park” (California)
4. “Rocky Mountain National Park” (Colorado)
5. ”Glacier National Park” (tie) (Montana)
5. "Sequoia National Park” (tie) (California)
6. ”Zion National Park” (Utah)
7. ”Estes National Park” (Colorado)
8. ”Great Smoky Mountains National Park” (Tennessee)
9. ”Mammoth Cave National Park” (Kentucky)
10. ”Bryce Canyon National Park” (Utah)

The Interior Department will waive national park admission fees in an effort to attract cost-conscious tourists in the midst of the recession. Yahoo!'s data suggests the waivers could well be widely used.

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 3, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
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