A look at the top 10 most visited national parks

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As of late, the United States of America has 419 national parks. They cover more than 84 million acres in each state and territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Hence, making it into the top 10 is not an easy task.

(Mind you, they all made it to our previously published top 25 list.) Wondering what they are? Then read on to read about other travel enthusiasts as we take a look at the top 10 most visited national parks.

Top 10 most visited national parks

10. Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park in Montana stretches for more than a million acres and extends into both Alberta and British Columbia, Canada. It also attracts millions of travelers. The mountains and lakes here are the result of glaciers. It has 25 active glaciers. Other highlights of this park include a drive to Going-to-the-Sun Road, a popular whitewater rafting tour, and the old-fashioned Polebridge Mercantile General Store. You can also visit the largest lake in the park, Lake McDonald, hike the Trail of the Cedars and Iceberg Lake Trail, or hop on a historic red bus and tour the park.

9. Olympic National Park

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Olympic National Park is located in Washington state. There are neighbors with him dusk– famous forks, Washington. Every year more than 3 million travelers come here to explore the vast, pristine terrain.

This national park is known as "the quietest place in the nation". This is mainly due to the fact that there are no roads through the property. The park has three distinct ecosystems: the Pacific coast, a subalpine forest and a wildflower meadow, and the only temperate rainforest in the continental United States. Don't forget the impressive Olympic mountain range either.

8. The Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park is most popular and famous for its 13,775-foot Grand Teton Mountain, Jackson Hole, and the Teton Range. But this park, which is visited by at least 3.2 million people every year, offers more than impressive views. There is also wildlife and beautiful wild flowers.

There is plenty to do here, including backpacking, camping, hiking, and trout fishing. Not feeling overly athletic or adventurous? Here you can just sit back, relax and calmly and calmly communicate with nature.

7. Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is located in the state of Maine. It is mainly located on the popular Mount Desert Island. The park is actually an unusual combination of coastal villages, private property and parkland. This park has a lot to offer visitors. Here you will find both the mountain and the sea. You'll also find beaches, campsites, and more than 100 miles of hiking trails. So head to Cadillac Mountain and check out the popular Bar Harbor, Porcupine Islands, famous Frenchman Bay, and Somes Sound too.

6. Yosemite National Park

According to sources, more than 4 million travelers come to this place every year. Most of them spend most of their time in the seven square kilometers of the park known as Yosemite Valley. It is located in the state of California. Here you can see the largest piece of granite in the world – the El Capitan. Here you can also see giant sequoia trees, glaciers and the Half Dome. Other highlights include 20 waterfalls such as the 2,140-foot Snow Creek Falls and the famous 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls.

5. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is actually the first national park in the world. It is visited by over 4 million people annually. The park is huge, covering 2.2 million acres of parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. This park also features alpine lakes, rugged peaks, deep forests, wild animals, and nearly half of the planet's geysers. The most famous of these is of course the Old Faithful Geyser. It is also home to the Grand Prismatic Hot Spring. And the park that inspired the famous home of the cartoon character Yogi Bear – Jellystone Park.

4. Zion National Park

Zion National Park is located in Utah's scenic high plateau. This park welcomes around 4.3 million visitors annually. It has some eye-catching topography including sharp cliffs, sandstone canyons, and rock towers. Here you will discover deserts, waterfalls, purple rocks and animal species that do not otherwise live together. The park offers visitors various options. You can take the family-friendly Riverside Walk or the Weeping Rock Trail. You can also hike the Narrows, see the Emerald Pools and the famous Patriarchal Court.

3. The Rocky Mountain National Park

This Colorado National Park covers an area of ​​415 square miles of the famous mountain range. It is separated by the well-known watershed. The eastern half has most of the mountains. The west side is mainly green vegetation. The park has 150 lakes, 359 stunning hiking trails, 450 miles of creeks, and a range of ecosystems, from pine forests to wilder wetlands.

2. The Grand Canyon National Park

Over 6.4 million people visit this national park. It is home to perhaps the most famous and one of the largest canyons in the world. The Grand Canyon is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. Visit the famous Skywalk observation deck or, if you're a real hiker, take the two-day edge-to-edge hike like your wandering writer and father once did.

. . .and the winner is . . .

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is on this year's list of "Top 10" national parks. Officially the most-visited park in the United States, it spans the states of North Carolina and Tennessee. It is world famous for its diverse plants and animals. Over 11 million people came here last year. While many of them admire the park from a scenic, mountainous highway, many others prefer the over 800 miles of hiking trails. Visit the 50-foot observation deck at the highest point in the park – the popular Clingman & # 39; s Dome.

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