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How (Not) to Visit America’s National Parks in the Summer

The best way to see the National Parks during the busy summer tourist season is simply not to do it. Stay home. Come back in the fall, when there are fewer visitors and lower temperatures. But if summer travel is your only option, as it was for my husband and me, follow these tips to beat the crowds— and the heat.

Start Early: Many National Parks actually close their parking lots during the day, either …