I'm working on our budget for our upcoming trip, and I just discovered that the national park system has increased the cost of their annual pass AGAIN -- the second increase in a year! A national park pass is now $80.
They haven't increased the cost to enter a single park, just the annual pass. Uncertain that it's still a good deal for us, I double-checked all the entrance fees for the parks we plan to visit, and I discovered that by purchasing the pass we will save a whopping $5 over the course of a two-week trip. (Yes, I know, we'll own the pass and will be able to visit other parks in the 11.5 months after our trip, but we don't right now have any after-this-trip plans for national parks in the immediate future, and the only national park within long-weekend range for us is Great Smokeys. Basically, we're unlikely to use this pass again within a year.)
Maybe this shouldn't annoy me -- good cause and all -- but it does. This pass has basically doubled over the last two years, and while I understand that everything's more expensive than it used to be, this is a rather steep increase.