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Most Visited National Parks

List of the Ten Most Visited National Parks in the United States

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Great Smokey Mountains

A forest with fog in the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the country's most popular, with 6.5 million visitors a year.

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The United States is home to 58 different national parks that are protected by the National Park Service. The first national park in the U.S. was Yellowstone (located in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) on March 1, 1872 followed by Yosemite and Sequoia in 1890. Today, Yellowstone is one of the most visited parks in the country.

Each of the 58 national parks and hundreds of other protected sites in the United States sees millions of visitors each year. The following is a list of the ten most visited national parks through August 2009. The list is arranged by the number of visitors in that year. All information was obtained from the Los Angeles Times article, "The 20 Most-Visited National Parks in the U.S."

1) Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Number of Visitors: 6.5 million
Location: Tennessee and North Carolina

2) Grand Canyon National Park
Number of Visitors: 3.2 million
Location: Arizona

3) Yosemite National Park
Number of Visitors: 2.7 million
Location: California

4) Yellowstone National Park
Number of Visitors: 2.7 million
Location: Wyoming, Montana and Idaho

5) Olympic National Park
Number of Visitors: 2.4 million
Location: Washington

6) Rocky Mountain National Park
Number of Visitors: 2 million
Location: Colorado

7) Grand Teton National Park
Number of Visitors: 2 million
Location: Wyoming

8) Zion National Park
Number of Visitors: 2 million
Location: Utah

9) Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Number of Visitors: 1.8 million
Location: Ohio

10) Glacier National Park
Number of Visitors: 1.6 million
Location: Montana

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

La, Jason and Deborah Netburn. (n.d.). "The 20 Most-Visited National Parks in the U.S." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-top20nationalparks-pg,0,4023261.photogallery

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