Save the $15 entry fee as you celebrate National Park Week at Washington's national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic parks.

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It’s a free-admission weekend for America’s national parks Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, including Mount Rainier and Olympic parks in Washington. The weather forecast for both parks is for sunshine and clear skies.

The freebie days are a kickoff to the celebration of the annual National Park Week, April 20-24. Admission to prime areas of Rainier and Olympic parks is normally $15 per vehicle.

Mount Rainier National Park officials warn that, despite the rosy forecast, more than 5 feet of snow remains at Paradise, at 5,400-feet elevation, and that almost 2 feet of new snow fell in the past week. Park visitors are required to carry tire chains in their vehicles until May 1.

At Mount Rainier, the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center will be open on the weekend with exhibits, food, visitor information and a bookstore/gift shop.  In addition, the National Park Inn at Longmire is open daily and offers lodging, food, ski rental and gifts.

Among facilities open in Olympic National Park this weekend: the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, Kalaloch Lodge and Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.

In addition, visitors may access North Cascades National Park (and its related recreation areas) via the North Cascades Highway, which reopened for the season April 3. The park does not normally charge an entry fee.