Most Popular National Parks in America

The U.S. National Park Service and its 392 different locations have hosted almost record numbers of visitors in recent years. In response, many of the parks have created plans to handle the large crowds. In 2009, about 285 million people visited one of the various parks, which is the highest number since 1999 when just over 287 million people visited.
 

Rank

Name and location

Number of visitors

1.

Blue Ridge PKWY

18,953,478

2.

Golden Gate NRA

13,486,824

3.

Great Smoky Mountains NP

9,289,215

4.

Gateway NRA

8,456,456

5.

Lake Mead NRA

7,777,753

6.

George Washington Memorial PKWY

6,872,213

7.

Natchez Trace PKWY

5,713,583

8.

Delaware Water Gap NRA

5,254,216

9.

Grand Canyon NP

4,487,716

10.

Cape Cod NS

4,279,439

 

Top 10 Most Visited National Parks

Rank

Park Name

Visitation

1.

Great Smoky Mountains NP

9,289,215

2.

Grand Canyon NP

4,279,439

3.

Yosemite NP

3,242,644

4.

Yellowstone NP

2,870,295

5.

Olympic NP

2,749,197

6.

Rocky Mountain NP

2,743,676

7.

Zion NP

2,567,350

8.

Cuyahoga Valley NP

2,468,816

9.

Grand Teton NP

2,406,476

10.

Acadia NP

2,083,588



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  2. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

  3. Yellowstone, Wyoming

  4. Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, California

  5. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  6. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

  7. Everglades National Park, Florida

  8. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

  9. Olympic National Park, Washington

  10. Mesa Verde, Colorado

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This listing of the Top Ten Most Popular National Parks is constantly being revised on an annual basis. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!