Q&A: National park admission prices differ; some are free

National park admission varies

I know that many of the U.S. national parks charge admission per person. Can you provide a list of those parks that do and what the daily fees are? How many of them charge a fee per car and a per-person charge?

Some do charge, but many do not. Since there are almost 400 national parks in the United States, we don't have the space to list the ones that charge and how much.

But we can give you the tools to explore the parks online and find what you need. Here are some handy websites with, hopefully, all the information you might need:

nps.gov/index.htm

This is the official National Parks Service site that lists the parks with definitions, descriptions and statistics. Click on the "Find a park" link to see parks by states.

nps.gov/faqs.htm

Frequently asked questions about the national parks.

today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43441538/ns/travel-deals/

An MSNBC link to a story about free days at the parks (June 21 was the most recent one; upcoming are Sept. 24, which is called Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weekend). Also includes a link to the parks covered by the offer.

nationalparks.org/discover-parks/?fa=complete-list

This is another list of all the parks, with links.

store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html

This is a site that tells you all about the annual pass you can get to allow entry into parks.

store.usgs.gov/pass/general.html

This is a Q&A about the annual pass that includes many other helpful links.

Why Korean War numbers differ

I have visited the Korean War Memorial in Washington, where the memorial lists more than 50,000 U.S. military deaths for that period of 1950-53. Yet, the number in most news reports is 37,000 U.S. military deaths. Which is correct?

The Defense Department lists the number of Korean War deaths at 54,246, which includes all U.S. military losses worldwide from June 27, 1950, until the Korean armistice in July 1953, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission and history.com, the History Channel's website.

For example, any American soldier killed in a car accident anywhere in the world in that three-year span is considered a casualty of the Korean War, according to history.com. The Defense Department has divided the deaths into three categories: 33,686 battle deaths; 2,830 non- battle deaths; and 17,730 deaths of personnel outside the Korean Theater.

A plaque at the Korean War Memorial uses the Defense Department's number of 54,246. The number of battle and nonbattle deaths comes to 36,516, which may account for the number you've heard in news reports.

Q&A: National park admission prices differ; some are free 07/03/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2011 5:30am]

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