America’s most popular national parks
Nearly 331 million people visited the National Park Service’s 417 sites around the United States in 2017, a slight dip from the 331 million record-breaking visits during its centennial anniversary year in 2016. Park service officials expected the slight decline after the centennial celebrations during the previous year. In 2016, the park service recorded its third consecutive all-time attendance record, and 77 national park sites set new records for annual recreation visits. While attendance numbers remained relatively stable, people actually spent more time in the parks in 2017 — more than 1.4 billion hours last year, an increase of 19 million hours over 2016.
Most popular parks:
- 1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC/TN): 11,388,893 visits ($64,049,392 deferred maintenance)
- 2. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ): 6,254,238 visits ($329,437,056 deferred maintenance)
- 3. Zion National Park (UT): 4,504,812 visits ($65,291,893 deferred maintenance)
- 4. Rocky Mountain National Park (CO): 4,437,215 visits ($84,234,245 deferred maintenance)
- 5. Yosemite National Park (CA): 4,336,890 visits ($582,670,827 deferred maintenance)
- 6. Yellowstone National Park (ID/MT/WY): 4,116,524 visits ($515,808,008 deferred maintenance)
- 7. Acadia National Park (ME): 3,509,271 visits ($59,858,099 deferred maintenance)
- 8. Olympic National Park (WA): 3,401,996 visits ($120,719,515 deferred maintenance)
- 9. Grand Teton National Park (WY): 3,317,000 visits ($178,630,525 deferred maintenance)
- 10, Glacier National Park (MT): 3,305,512 visits ($153,838,276 deferred maintenance)
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