You may already know the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park, but here’s how much it beats the other national parks by, and the rest of the top ten list.
From the Smoky Mountains of the East to the dramatic canyons of the West, these parks draw millions of visitors yearly. Based on the most recent data, here’s a look at the most visited national parks in the U.S.
#1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Visitor Count: 12,937,633
On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park tops the list with nearly 13 million visitors.
Known for its rich biodiversity, picturesque fog-covered mountains, and hiking trails, it’s location convientent to the Eastern United States makes it a great choice for a family vacation.
#2 Grand Canyon National Park
Visitor Count: 4,732,101
Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is a testament to the power of natural forces, showcasing a vast and colorful landscape carved out by the Colorado River.
Its immense size and awe-inspiring vistas attract millions, making it a must-see landmark.
#3 Zion National Park
Visitor Count: 4,692,417
Zion National Park in Utah is famous for its steep red cliffs, narrow canyons, and beautiful vistas.
Hiking trails like Angels Landing and The Narrows offer adventure for visitors seeking breathtaking views and a touch of adrenaline.
#4 Rocky Mountain National Park
Visitor Count: 4,300,424
Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park offers stunning mountain beauty with its towering peaks, alpine lakes, and diverse wildlife.
There are endless exploration opportunities when driving Trail Ridge Road or hiking to Emerald Lake.
#5 Acadia National Park
Visitor Count: 3,970,260
Acadia National Park, located on the coast of Maine, blends sea-sprayed shores with forested peaks.
Summer is a great time to visit the park’s rugged coastline, historic carriage roads, and the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, the first place to see dawn in the U.S. for part of the year.
#6 Yosemite National Park
Visitor Count: 3,667,550
California’s Yosemite National Park is known for its towering waterfalls and granite cliffs.
Iconic spots like Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and El Capitan offer unforgettable views and world-class rock climbing.
#7 Yellowstone National Park
Visitor Count: 3,290,242
As America’s first national park, Wyoming’s Yellowstone is famous for its geothermal features, including geysers like Old Faithful and a vast array of wildlife. Its vast landscapes range from deep canyons to forests. We recently visited and cant wait to go back!
#8 Joshua Tree National Park
Visitor Count: 3,058,294
Joshua Tree National Park in California is known for its stark desert landscapes, fascinating rock formations, and unique Joshua trees.
It’s a popular spot for rock climbing, stargazing, and exploring the Mojave and Colorado deserts.
#9 Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Visitor Count: 2,913,312
In Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a peaceful retreat with its rolling hills, winding river, and scenic waterfalls. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail captures the area’s history and natural beauty.
#10 Glacier National Park
Visitor Count: 2,908,458
Montana’s Glacier National Park is known for its pristine wilderness, alpine meadows, and rugged mountains.
It’s one of the most scenic National Parks in the U.S. With over 700 miles of trails, it’s a paradise for hikers seeking solitude and natural beauty.
The U.S. National Parks serve as gateways to experiencing the unparalleled natural wonders of the country. Whether seeking adventure, tranquility, or awe-inspiring views, these parks welcome all to explore the great outdoors.