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Least Visited National Parks In the United States

List of the Ten Least Visited United States National Parks

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Half of the ten least visited national parks in the United States are in Alaska.

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The United States is home to 58 different national parks and over 300 units or areas such as national monuments and national seashores that are protected by the National Park Service. The first national park to come into existence in the U.S. was Yellowstone (located in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) on March 1, 1872. Today, it is one of the most visited parks in the country. Other popular parks in the U.S. include Yosemite in California, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Each of these parks sees millions of visitors each year. There are many other national parks in the U.S. however that receive far fewer annual visitors. The following is a list of the ten least visited national parks through August 2009. The list is arranged by the number of visitors in that year and begins with the least visited park in the U.S. Information was obtained from the Los Angeles Times article, "America's Hidden Gems: The 20-Least Crowded National Parks in 2009."

1) Kobuk Valley National Park
Number of Visitors: 1,250
Location: Alaska

2) National Park of American Samoa
Number of Visitors: 2,412
Location: American Samoa

3) Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Number of Visitors: 4,134
Location: Alaska

4) Katmai National Park and Preserve
Number of Visitors: 4,535
Location: Alaska

5) Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Number of Visitors: 9,257
Location: Alaska

6) Isle Royale National Park
Number of Visitors: 12,691
Location: Michigan

7) North Cascades National Park
Number of Visitors: 13,759
Location: Washington

8) Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Number of Visitors: 53,274
Location: Alaska

9) Great Basin National Park
Number of Visitors: 60,248
Location: Nevada

10) Congaree National Park
Number of Visitors: 63,068
Location: South Carolina

To learn more about national parks, visit the official website of the National Park Service.

References

Briney, Amanda. (24 November 2010). "Geography of National Parks - A History and Overview of National Parks." Geography at About.com. Retrieved from: http://geography.about.com/od/culturalgeography/a/nationalparks.htm

Ramos, Kelsey. (n.d.). "America's Hidden Gems: The 20 Least Crowded National Parks in 2009." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-national-parks-least-visited-pg,0,1882660.photogallery

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