List: The 10 Most Popular National Parks

List: The 10 Most Popular National Parks


List: The 10 Most Popular National Parks



National Park Recreational Park Visits (2013)

The national park system comprises 401 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. See the complete list of National Park Service sites and affiliated areas by type and number. To put this list into some context, the total recreation visitors to the national parks in 2011 was 278,939,216.

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1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN, NC) – Visits: 9,354,695


2. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ) – Visits: 4,564,840


3. Yosemite National Park (CA) – Visits: 3,691,191


4. Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID) – Visits: 3,188,030

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5. Olympic National Park (WA) – Visits: 3,085,340

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6. Rocky Mountain National Park (CO) – Visits: 2,991,141


7. Zion National Park (UT) – Visits: 2,807,387


8. Grand Teton National Park (WY) – Visits: 2,688,794

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9. Acadia National Park (ME) – Visits: 2,254,922


10. Glacier National Park (MT) – Visits: 2,190,374

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