Announces Two-Night National Park Stays in Keeping with Free Admittance Days in 2013

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In the wake of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s announcement of free admittance days to national parks and public lands in 2013, has announced renewed emphasis on two-night stays in the parks.

When Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced dates in 2013 when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone saw the light – or more accurately the dawn.

"Tours with overnight stays dramatically enhance a visit to a national park,” says Brendan Duffy of Caravan. “Park lodges are not only attractive and hospitable, they are often dramatically located. The parks, particularly Zion, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone are incredible at night and at sunrise. Add free admission to that and you’ve got an amazing vacation.”

Caravan is one of only a few escorted tour companies offering two-night stays in the parks. But, Duffy adds, “Even if a vacationer is not traveling with us, taking advantage of fee-free days and nights is an incredible opportunity. Night time is often the most memorable time of day in many of the parks. Staying two nights doubles the awe of nature, not to mention the unique camaraderie that exists among overnighters."

Fee-free admission to national parks and public lands coincide with many Caravan tours from April through October, including National Park Week April 22 through the 26th, Great Outdoors Day on June 8, National Park Service’s birthday on August 25, National Public Lands Day on September 28 and National Wildlife Refuge Day on October 13.

"There is nothing that can compare to the canopy of stars in Zion or the Milky Way rising over the horizon. In today's most often artificially lighted world, the spectacle of the shimmering moon in a midnight blue sky is truly remarkable. It is remarkable that our Interior Department makes it possible for people to visit the parks and public lands absolutely free,” Duffy concluded. was founded in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. The Company's signature escorted tours were immortalized in 1965 in a Roger Mudd TV special that became the basis for the romantic comedy, If it's Tuesday this Must be Belgium. Over its fifty-plus year history, the tour company has been recognized with numerous awards for service and innovation. In addition to guided tours throughout the United States and Canada, Caravan offers tours to Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala, and is the largest tour operator to many of its destinations. Many of its vacation packages are all-inclusive. For more information or to request a free information guide, visit

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