America’s National Park Service is celebrating 100 Years of protecting the country’s most precious and awe-inspiring scenery while welcoming visitors to experience their grandeur. In 2015, more than 300 million visitors enjoyed the beauty and history of our National Parks and this year promises to be even more popular. On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service will commemorate its official anniversary as they celebrate across the country with free admission and special events from 8/25-28.
In anticipation of the increased interest in visiting our wonderful parks, the publishers at Lonely Planet have released seven new and updated books, including a new full color photo book featuring all 59 US national parks. In addition, Lonely Planet has updated their guides to the most visited National Parks.
Which leads us to ask… How many of our National Parks have you visited, and can you guess what the top 10 most visited parks are? Here they are in order of popularity:
#1 Most Popular National Park in America, (10,712,674 visitors in 2015)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina
#2 Most Visited National Park in America, (5,520,736 visitors in 2015)
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
#3 Most Visited National Park in America, (4,155,916 visitors in 2015)
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
#4 Most Visited National Park in America, (4,150,217 visitors in 2015)
Yosemite National Park, California
#5 Most Visited National Park in America (4,097,710 visitors in 2015)
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
#6 Most Visited National Park in America, (3,648,846 visitors in 2015)
Zion National Park, Utah
#7 Most Popular National Park in America
Olympic National Park, Washington
#8 Most Visited National Park in America (3,149,921 visitors in 2015)
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
#9 Most Popular National Park in America (2,811,184 visitors in 2015)
Acadia National Park, Maine
#10 Most Popular National Park in America (2,366,056 visitors in 2015)
Glacier National Park, Montana
With National Parks in every region across the country there has never been a better time to visit!
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Lonely Planet
#1 – Pixabay, #2 Lonely Planet, #3 Great Smoky by Sean Pavone/Getty, #4 Google Commons, #5 Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain national Park by Carl Finocchiaro, #6 Scenic view of river in forest in Yosemite National Park by Nae Chantaravisoot, #7 Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park by kwiktor/Getty, #8 Sunset in Zion National Park by Benjamin Schaefer, #9 Sol Duc River in Olympic National Park by Westend61/Getty, #10 Grand Teton National Park Hidden Falls by Ferran Traite Soler/Getty, #11 Bass Harbor Lighthouse at sunset in Acadia National Park by Appalachian Views/Getty, #12 View at Cracker Lake campground in Glacier National Park by Kan Khampanya.