updated 6/17/2011 12:14:17 PM ET 2011-06-17T16:14:17

The National Park Service is offering free admission Tuesday to more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

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The fee-free day marks the first day of summer on June 21.

Other fee-free days remaining this year are Sept. 24, which is called Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weekend.

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A complete list of national parks covered by the free entrance offer can be found here. The list includes many of the system's best-known parks, such as Grand Canyon in Arizona, Yosemite and Muir Woods in California, Rocky Mountain in Colorado, Everglades in Florida, Yellowstone and Grand Teton in Wyoming, Acadia in Maine, Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Arches, Bryce and Zion in Utah, and Shenandoah in Virginia.

Some park concessions offer deals on fee-free days. For the first day of summer, Swan Mountain Outfitters at Glacier National Park in Montana is offering $5 off standard trail rates for kids riding with a full-paying adult, $5 off per rider on groups of six or more, and $5 off for Montana residents. Details at http://www.parkpartners.org/Special-Offers-for-2011.htmler.

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    >>> the folks who run our national park say attendance is up in the month since the ken burns series aired on the parks on pb, s. it's not surprising. it's a fantastic family vacation. and this year, there's something special awaiting the visitoring at yosemite park. the snowpack was so big and now the snowmelt is so big, it's causing extraordinary things to happen. our tour guide is nbc's miguel almigar.

    >> from any angle, the view is stunning. towering granite cliffs, carpets of lush meadow, and this season, ribbons of white. historic snowfaufl has left one of america's most majestic parks bursting at the seam. sending crystal clear water hurdling to the valley floor. a thunderous breath-taking display created by mother nature . even impressive to scott, a park ranger at yosemite for 15 years.

    >> his is what prosures and postcards are made of. this year is really special.

    >> it pours over the cliffs, pounding the clocks thousands of feet below. raw power , rugged beauty.

    >> every time you turn the corner, there's another beautiful waterfall right there.

    >> a picture is worth 1,000 words, then seeing it in person is worth a million.

    >> in all the times coming up here, i have never seen anything like this.

    >> reporter: water continues to shape yosemite today. cascades popping up in places they have never been see before.

    >> it's not only the big water , but it's the intensity, it's that they create their own weather.

    >> bridal veil and vernal are among the most famous, but at 2,500 feet, yosemite falls at the tallest in the country. it's tough to explain how powerful this waterfall is. it could fill a gasoline tanker truck in two minutes.

    >> reporter: so much water, but the display won't last long. by august, this will slow to a trickle. for now, yosemite 's falls are full of grandeur.


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