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September 22, 2009

National Parks Vacation Deals

Grand Teton National Park We're betting that the newest Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which airs on PBS on September 27, will inspire more people to visit the country's magnificent wilderness areas. We're not the only ones: The filmmaker predicts renewed interest in the parks and several hotels are banking on the Burns effect by offering special deals.

The Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, features a "Celebrate Our Parks Package" and the Far View Lodge, near Mesa Verde National Park, has the "America's Best Idea" vacation package. Both offers provide guests with a copy of the DVD set and park tickets.

The Starwood chain is getting its Ken Burns fix by hosting a park-themed contest. Winners of the grand prize get a trip to Yosemite. First-prize winners will receive Dayton's Duncan's book The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

Even if you don't take advantage of these hotel offers, the national parks are always a great deal. As Burns says in the film, "there are 84 million acres and all of them belong to you."

--Della Watson

Want to watch a sneak preview of The National Parks: America's Best Idea? The Sierra Club is hosting more than 700 viewing parties. Click here to find one in your area.

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