10 Most-Visited National Parks

  • Glacier had 2,366,056 visitors in 2015

    10. Glacier National Park

    Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains. The landscape is a hiker's paradise that is traversed by more than 740 miles of maintained trails. See NPS.gov/glac for more info. 

    Photo courtesy of Brenda Ahearn, AP

  • Sunrise over a lake in Glacier National Park

    Glacier National Park

    Gorgeous at any time of year, Glacier might be at its absolute best during a summer sunrise. 

    Photo courtesy of Sophia Field

  • Acadia had 2,811,184 visitors in 2015

    9. Acadia National Park

    Acadia National Park is a lush coastal landscape on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Dozens of lakes, acres of forest and over 40 miles of rocky coastline make this park a national treasure. Coincide your visit with low tide to explore the vibrant tidepool fauna: starfish, mussels, sea cucumbers and more. 

    Photo courtesy of National Parks Service

  • Otter Cliff is a great beach for walking and crawling along the rocks.

    Acadia Coastline

    While Acadia is gorgeous during every season, it might be best during fall: less crowded than summer, but vibrant with fall colors and brisk windswept skies.

    Photo courtesy of TreePot Travels

  • Grand Teton had 3,149,921 visitors in 2015

    8. Grand Teton National Park

    Grand Teton National Park contains this epic skyscraping trio of mountains, which rise dramatically from the flat Great Plains in western Wyoming. Part of the larger chain of the Teton mountain range, this rugged wilderness is home to dozens of species of Western wildlife: from black bears and golden eagles on the slopes to bison in the low-lying plains. Read more and plan your trip at NPS.gov/grte.

    Photo courtesy of Karen Bleier, AFP/Getty Images

  • Grand Teton National Park is home to not only breathtaking views of the Tetons, but amazing wildlife opportunities as well.

    Horses Before a Storm at Grand Teton

    You can see dramatic stormy weather during summer and fall in Grand Tetons National Park.

    Photo courtesy of Colby Brown

  • Olympic National Park had 3,263,761 visitors in 2015

    7. Olympic National Park

    Located in lush western Washington, Olympic National Park contains several distinct ecosystems. From old-growth forest to towering mountain peaks and vibrant Pacific shoreline, visitors can spend days here and not see it all. Learn more at NPS.gov/olym.

    Photo courtesy of National Parks Service

  • The Hurricane Ridge trail is a must-do, right near the visitor center.

    Olympic National Park

    Untamed rivers flow from glacier-capped peaks through valleys of old-growth forests, waves crash against a shoreline rich with life, and only trails traverse the vast interior of this internationally recognized wilderness. 

    Photo courtesy of Sophia Field

  • Zion had 3,648,846 visitors in 2015

    6. Zion National Park

    The massive towering rock formations at Zion National Park are otherworldly and stunning. Wind and water have sculpted the red, pink and cream sandstone cliffs into amazing arches and slot canyons. One of the American West's most stunning locations. See NPS.gov/zion for more.

    Photo courtesy of National Parks Service

  • Angels' Landing trail is great for casual or vigorous hikes.

    Hiking Switchbacks in Zion

    With dozens of trails for every level of hiker, Zion National Park is a perfect destination for outdoorsy couples and families. 

    Photo courtesy of Philip Nguyen

  • Yellowstone had 4,097,710 visitors in 2015

    5. Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone National Park is one of the best icons of the American West. Its huge expanse covers nearly 3,500 square miles and is home to innumerable majestic animals: grizzly bears, bison, gray wolves, mountain lions and more. 

    Photo courtesy of Rich Abrahamson, The Fort Collins Coloradoan

  • Hike around the Grand Prismatic Spring

    Gorgeous Blue Spring

    At Yellowstone, you'll see bubbling prismatic springs and crashing waterfalls, unlike any other place on earth. 

    Photo courtesy of Stephen Leonardi

  • Yosemite had 4,150,217 visitors in 2015.

    4. Yosemite National Park

    Plunging waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes and epic old-growth evergreens make Yosemite National Park feel like a place out of time. 

    Photo courtesy of National Park Service

  • Sunrise at Yosemite

    Yosemite Landscape

    Most people don't know that the popular Yosemite Valley is only 5% of the whole park. The rest of the 1200 square miles is pure wilderness. 

    Photo courtesy of Alex Sam

  • Rocky Mountain had 4,155,916 visitors in 2015

    3. Rocky Mountain National Park

    Visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park enjoy hiking, camping, and of course nature watching. The rivers, forests and mountains are home to dozens of species: from the epic elk herds to the boisterous bighorn sheep, you'll never see it all. 

  • Elk grazing in the sun after rain.

    Elk herds in Rocky Mountain

    Visit in autumn to see the territorial elk bucks "bugle" and fight for annual dominance. 

    Photo courtesy of Shruthi Brahmappa

  • The Grand Canyon had 5,520,736 visitors in 2015

    2. Grand Canyon National Park

    The Grand Canyon National Park is a must-see for anyone. Whether from the air in a helicopter tour or up close from the back of a slow-plodding burro, this awesome landscape will amaze you. 

    Photo courtesy of National Park Service

  • Early morning in the Grand Canyon, overlooking the Colorado River near Bright Angel trail.

    Hiking Bright Angel Trail

    Hikers, campers and day-trippers get inspired and awed by this incredible landscape. It's gorgeous any time of year, but summer is most popular. Expect crowds.

    Photo courtesy of Adventure Never Ends

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park had 10,099,276 visitors in 2015.

    1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    The #1 most-visited national park in 2015 was Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tucked away in the rolling Appalachian mountains of Tennessee, this American treasure has epic scenic views, tumbling mountain waterfalls, and of course the iconic "smoky" peaks. 

    Photo courtesy of National Park Service

  • Sunrise in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Purple Mountain Majesty

    Time your visit to GSM with sunset (or sunrise) for ultimate color indulgence. 

    Photo courtesy of Rand Blimes

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