first_imgWASHINGTON – People can find good deals in the national parks this summer despite tight budgets, rising fees and a huge backlog of maintenance work. Throughout most of the National Park System, visitors do not have to pay any entrance fees. Only 21 of the 147 with fees raised rates this year, by an average $1 per person and $5 per car. The system includes 390 parks, monuments, battlefields, recreation areas, historic sites and other areas. For those who want to avoid lines and crowds, 26 of the 58 national parks had fewer than a half-million visitors last year. By comparison, the 10 busiest each attracted between 2 million and 9 million visitors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAmong the less-trodden parks, 14 charge no entrance fees. Many are in Alaska, home to the continent’s biggest array of glaciers. “If you compare it to the cost of many public attractions this year, everything from Disney World to a football or baseball game, it’s still an incredibly good buy. Especially since it is free at the vast majority of parks,” parks spokeswoman Elaine Sevy said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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