Top 10 Most Popular National Parks in USA (with Map & Photos)

1. Great Smoky Mountains


  • North Carolina, Tennessee, Rd Gatlinburg, 107 Park Headquarters

Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains

The most visited national park in the USA with the most romantic name and longest walking trail in the world is perhaps worth a visit. We are talking, of course, about the Great Smoky Mountains, or the Great Smoky Mountains, which are located in the east of the country and are equally divided by two states.

2. Grand Canyon National Park


  • Arizona, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is one of the oldest national parks in the United States and one of the finest natural creations on earth. The canyon is located in the state of Arizona, and before the arrival of Europeans (1540), it was inhabited by a tribe of Pueblo Indians, who built dwellings in the form of caves in the canyon.

3. Zion National Park


Zion National Park
Zion National Park

which is located in Utah, is the most famous and popular of the "Mighty Five" national parks in Utah, which also includes Arches Park, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef. More than 4.5 million tourists come each year to this rather small area park, which is primarily known for the test itself and its physical form when lifting the rock shelter of Angels (Angels Landing), from the top overlooking the entire 360 ° canyon Zion.

4. Rocky Mountains National Park


Rocky Mountains National Park
Rocky Mountains National Park

Located in Colorado and occupies a fairly large area around the mighty mountain range of the world famous Rocky Mountains. This ridge is the continental divide of all of North America. The mountains in the park range in height from 7,600 feet to 14,259 feet (2,300 to 4,346 m), with 77 peaks above 12,000 feet (3,658 m).

5. Yosemite National Park


  • California, Yosemite Village

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is one of the first nature reserves in the United States.Thanks to its unique virgin nature, it has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1984. The reserve with the highest waterfall in North America and 1,300 km of hiking trails is located on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, California.

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6. Yellowstone National Park


  • Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited in America, located in the north of the country, on the territory of three states - Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The park is famous for its numerous geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, rich wildlife and picturesque landscapes.

7. Acadia National Park


Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park

Acadia is located in Maine and is the first national park in the United States, located east of the Mississippi River. Acadia is America's easternmost national park, so it is here that you can see the sunrise over the territory of the United States one of the very first. The main attraction among the more than 3.5 million tourists who visit the park every year is the incredible encounter of ocean and mountains on Mount Desert Island, which is a patchwork quilt of forests and villages.

8. Olympic National Park


  • Olympic National Park, 3002 Mount Angeles Road Port Angeles, WA 98362

Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park

There are mountains and ocean, clear rivers and dense forests, severe snow-capped peaks and delicate alpine flowers. Olympic National Park occupies most of the peninsula of the same name and extends to the Canadian border.

9. Grand Teton National Park


Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton, located in Wyoming, is adjacent to the southern border of another popular national park - Yellowstone. They complement each other so much that even a ticket to both of these parks is sold the same, although fewer people visit Grand Teton National Park - only 3.3 million people a year. But if in Yellowstone the main characters were numerous geysers and thermal springs, then the most interesting thing here is the mountains.

10. Glacier National Park


  • Montana, Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park

There is a place in the United States in the state of Montana near the border with Canada that is ideal for lovers of wildlife and beautiful landscapes. The sky here is incredibly expressive, the snow is perfectly white, the plants are of all shades of green, and the lines of the mountains are fantastically beautiful.

300 million tourists visit the national parks of the United States

About 300 million tourists visit the national parks of the United States of America annually. The country's natural resources have long ceased to be just a matter of national pride and have grown into the common property. It is not for nothing that fourteen US national parks are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In total, there are more than 300 national parks, reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and natural monuments in the country.

It is worth noting that the United States is very zealous in preserving natural reserves. Here they are subordinate to a special control body - the US National Park Service. As for the tourist attraction of American reserves, there is definitely a place to be: Americans themselves and millions of visiting tourists enjoy walking along untouched natural landscapes. And what can we say about the notorious beauty of the Grand Canyon, the majesty of the Yosemite Falls or the Yellowstone geysers, whose famous landscapes now and then appear in popular films, photographs and postcards.

So, the most recognizable national park in the United States, the Grand Canyon, is included in the list of the seven natural wonders of the world according to CNN. Nature has spent about 10 million years on the formation of the legendary canyon. And it was not in vain that she tried, because the Grand Canyon actually demonstrates a magnificent, incomparable spectacle. In terms of the number of visits, the Grand Canyon surpasses only the Great Smoky Mountains - the most picturesque region of the Appalachian mountains (by the way, the oldest mountain range on the planet). Although, perhaps the secret to the popularity of the Great Smoky Mountains lies in the free admission: it is the only free national park in the States.

Impressive landscapes and unique fauna are carefully preserved by Yellowstone - the oldest national park on the planet. Its popularity is due to the system of active geysers, including the world's largest geyser - Steamship. The fantastic color palette of the Great Prismatic Spring is also surprising: due to the activity of special bacteria, its shores change color from bright orange in summer to dark green in winter. The closest peer to Yellowstone is called Yosemite National Park, famous for truly fabulous landscapes. Its beauty is formed by vertical granite rocks, redwood forests, lakes and the famous waterfall of the same name.

The largest national park in the United States, Wrangell St. Elias, is located in Alaska. A quarter of its territory is covered with absolute glaciers. Meanwhile, here is the second highest peak in North America - Mount St. Elijah (about 5 thousand meters above sea level).

However, if you do not take into account the Alaskan parks, then Death Valley will become the record holder in size - a mysterious and even mystical natural corner, famous for its lifeless, sun-scorched landscapes. Glacier, cut by ridges of pointed rocks, looks no less mysterious. This park is located almost on the border with Canada, like the famous Niagara Falls.

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