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You could visit a different US National Park every day for an entire year and still not get to see them all. Here are a few ideas for current deals to get you started.

Denali National Park (www.nps.gov/dena), the pristine six-million-acre eco-system in Alaska turns 90 years old this year (originally established as Mount McKinley National Park in 1917) and we thank early government leaders who recognized the importance and sanctity of protecting this unique destination.

Denali Park Resorts (tel. 800/276-7234; www.denaliparkresorts.com) runs four individual hotels situated on the outskirts of the Park -- Denali Bluffs Hotel, McKinley Village Lodge, McKinley Chalet Resort and Grande Denali Lodge, and to celebrate the 90th anniversary, they are offering guests the ability to save up to 60% on room rates at select properties on certain dates.

On nine individual nights (June 7, 14 and 22; July 5, 12, and 19; and August 2, 9 and 16, 2007) stay at the McKinley Village or the Grande Denali Lodge and pay only $90 per room per night plus taxes. The McKinley Village Lodge is peacefully located in a spruce forest on the banks of the Nenana River eight miles south of the Park entrance and the Grande Denali Lodge sits atop of a mountain just north of the Park offering spectacular scenic views of the surrounding area.

Xanterra's Phantom Ranch (tel. 888/297-2757; www.grandcanyonlodges.com/phantom-ranch-704.html) is located beside Bright Angel Creek on the north side of the Colorado River and is the only lodging facility below the Canyon rim, on the floor of the Grand Canyon. Its remoteness and the fact that it can only be reached by mule, foot or raft makes it a high-demand accommodation location that books out well in advance. Adventurous and flexible visitors can combine a stay there with the once in a lifetime experience of riding a mule through the spectacular Grand Canyon.

Whereas Phantom Ranch's two dormitories -- one for women and one for men -- are booked out up a year in advance, the Ranch's 11 rustic cabins are included with the overnight mule trips and do not typically fill up immediately. Some of the cabins hold up to ten people, so large groups can be accommodated. An overnight mule ride costs $401 for one person, $709 for two and $321 for each additional person including the seven-hour mule ride to Plateau Point, one night cabin accommodations, lunch, dinner, breakfast and taxes. Costs for a mule ride and two nights at Phantom Ranch are $566 for one, $946 for two and $406 for additional guests and rates include accommodations, breakfast, lunch, a steak dinner on the first night and stew dinner on the second night and taxes. An all day mule ride to Plateau Point costs $148 including a box lunch and tax. Mule riders must weigh less than 200 pounds, be at least 4'7" tall, be able to speak English, be in good physical condition and must not be afraid of heights. For more information about the Grand Canyon National Park visit www.nps.gov/grca or telephone 928/638-7888. St Mary Lodge & Resort (tel. 888/778-6279; www.stmarylodgeandresort.com) is located at the entrance to Montana's Glacier National Park, home to more than 50 glaciers, 200 lakes and streams, 730 miles of hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife. The East Lodge currently has early season mid-week rates starting at just $99 per room per night for stays before June 21, 2007.

For Memorial Day weekend, stay Friday May 25, 2007 and Saturday May 26, 2007 and your Sunday night (May 27, 2007) is free. Rates start at $125 per night.

Their Hiker's special package includes one night in a West Lodge room, two sack lunches and a specialty bottle of water for $155 plus taxes per room (one or two queen bed options available). This special is available from May 25 to June 21, and September 1 to September 30, 2007 only.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park (tel. 888/514-2167; www.tenayalodge.com) has a special package for families giving them access to 35-acres of Sierra National Forest and Yosemite National Park. The Family Mountain Bike Package includes a two-night stay, four half-day bike rentals (Trailers) and four water bottles. This package is available from May 1 to October 31, 2007 starting from $408.

Get a full day of excitement with Tenaya Lodge's White Water Rafting package. This package includes deluxe guest room accommodations and two adult half-day rafting tickets (wet suites and helmets included). Transportation is not included and rafting is approximately one hour and 15 minutes from Tenaya Lodge. Valid through July 14, 2007 with rates starting at $339 for two people.

If roughing it and getting back to nature is more your idea of a National Park getaway, head to Yosemite National Park (tel.559/253-5692; www.yosemitepark.com) where you can enjoy nights under the stars with Curry Village's Spring Canvas Tent Special, starting from $39 per night midweek. Use promotional code NPTEM when booking. This offer is valid for Sunday to Thursday night stays from now until May 31, 2007 excluding holidays. Taxes are additional.

For those who crave a little luxury, try Snake River Lodge & Spa (tel. 866/975-7625; www.rockresorts.com) near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. It offers a "Family Float and National Park" package this summer that includes three-nights in two rooms as well as an "America the Beautiful Pass," which allows entry for the entire family (or one carload) into any U.S. National Park for a full year, plus a guided scenic river float trip, a boxed lunch for four people and daily buffet breakfast at GameFish restaurant for four people -- including made-to-order omelets and waffles. Rates start at $1088 for stays between May 17 and 31, 2007 with higher prices applicable for the summer and early fall seasons.

From now until May 31, 2007, regular room rates at Snake Rive Lodge & Spa start from $129 per night plus taxes per room.

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