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Don't Miss 19 of America's Most Underrated National Parks

Cheapism Logo By Hana Livingston of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 20: From lush forests to surreal deserts, frozen glaciers to idyllic beaches, America's many national parks can give visitors a breath of fresh air -- or suffocate them with crowds. All-stars such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon attract millions of people a year; Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw more than 10 million visitors in 2014. The incredible, underrated parks on this list welcome as few as 14,000 each year. Some are less popular because a remote location makes them harder to access, or their rugged terrain scares away newbies. Others are overshadowed by a more famous neighboring park. Still others are local favorites that remain hidden gems. Entrance fees are typically lower at these overlooked parks, and a fee-free day is coming up on Aug. 25. For the 2015-16 school year, the Every Kid in a Park <a href="http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park">program</a> gives fourth-graders and their families free admission.

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It's a wonder that so many amazing spots are so little visited.

From lush forests to surreal deserts, frozen glaciers to idyllic beaches, America's many national parks can give visitors a breath of fresh air -- or suffocate them with crowds. All-stars such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon attract millions of people a year; Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw more than 10 million visitors in 2014. But the incredible, underrated parks on this list welcome as few as 14,000 each year.

Some are less popular because a remote location makes them harder to access, or their rugged terrain scares away newbies. Others are overshadowed by a more famous neighboring park. Still others are local favorites that remain hidden gems. Entrance fees are typically lower at these overlooked parks, and a fee-free day is coming up on Aug. 25. For the 2015-16 school year, the Every Kid in a Park program gives fourth-graders and their families free admission.

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