National Parks are popular destinations for many different people for a variety of reasons. Whether its visitors are nature-lovers seeking a place for reflection, outdoorsmen seeking a challenging hiking trail, or simply a family with children on vacation, national parks have become a popular tourist destination. The United States has some of the most beautiful national parks in the world, and some are visited by millions of visitors each year. Here is a guide to the most visited national parks in the United States.
Grand Canyon National Park. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most well known national parks in the United States. Each year nearly 5 million people pay a visit to the one-mile deep canyon. The Grand Canyon has both a North Rim and a South Rim. The South Rim is the most accessible area of the park and is open year round. The North Rim attracts a smaller amount of people because of its remote location 10 miles across from the South Rim. The Inner Canyon is the area below the rim and is most popular with hikers.
Yellowstone National Park. Located in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, making it the first national park in the United States. Yellowstone has many activities for visitors, and it is also home to the world’s largest collection of geysers. There are more than 1,000 miles of trails for visitors interested in hiking, and there are 12 campgrounds for visitors who wish to go camping in either a tent or an RV. Visitors can also view wildlife and go fishing or go boating or bicycling. There are also 52 different picnic areas around the park. Yellowstone National Park has something for everyone and can be enjoyable for the whole family.
Hot Springs National Park. Nicknamed “The American Spa” and located in Arkansas, Hot Springs National Park is popular for its baths. People visit the national park to relax and enjoy the waters. Tours of the Fordyce Bathhouse are available, and visitors are welcome to feel and taste the hot springs. Visitors can also drive along the mountain roads or go hiking or camping. There are also several picnic areas for those wanting to have a picnic.
Bryce Canyon National Park. Located in Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is known for its oddly shaped pillars of rocks, most of which have been caused by erosion There are several activities for visitors including hiking along a trail or taking a wrangler guided horseback or mule back ride. The guided rides are available for 2 or 4-hour trips. In the winter, visitors can also snowshoe or cross country ski at the top of the plateau, and ski equipment can be rented outside of the park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Located on the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its diverse assortment of plants and animals. Visitors can engage in a variety of different activities including bicycling, camping, and horseback riding. There is also over 700 miles of streams available for fishing and over 800 miles of hiking trails in the park, as well as eleven picnic areas. The park also has a large collection of historic buildings and structures including homes, barns, and churches.
Mount Rainier National Park. Located in Washington state, Mount Rainier National Park stands over 14,000 feet above sea level and is an active volcano. Visitors to the park can go for a drive along the mountain roads, hike, camp outdoors, and mountain climb. It is important to note that it is recommended that visitors bring rain gear to the park year round.