The 15 Most Popular National Parks

America is home to 63 wonderful national parks. Find out which ones had the most visitors in 2020.

November 16, 2021, 12:00 PM PST

By clementkhlau @clemusc

National Parks

Grand Teton National Park was the fifth most-visited national park according to data collected earlier this year. | Ignacio Salaverria / Shutterstock

With the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, it seems that most of us have enjoyed and appreciated the great outdoors a bit more.  National parks, in particular, have been some of the most popular destinations, especially for those who are fortunate enough to live near one.  The U.S. has 63 national parks which are designated for the natural beauty, unique geological features, diverse ecosystems, and recreational opportunities that they offer. While they are all worth visiting, some national parks are visited more than others. In this article, Elizabeth Rhodes highlights the 15 most visited ones which include:

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina and Tennessee)
  2. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho)
  3. Zion National Park (Utah)
  4. Rocky Mountains National Park (Colorado)
  5. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
  6. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)
  7. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)
  8. Acadia National Park (Maine)
  9. Olympic National Park (Washington)
  10. Joshua Tree National Park (California)
  11. Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)
  12. Yosemite National Park (California)
  13. Glacier National Park (Montana)
  14. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
  15. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

For more information, please read the source article. Additional information about these and other national parks are available on the National Park Service (NPS) website.  

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