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Best National Park Landmark (2016)

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In many ways, the national parks are a symbol of our nation and the reason we call it America the Beautiful. From Yosemite in California to the National Mall in Washington, these parks are home to some of the most recognizable landmarks in the nation, if not the world. 10Best editors teamed up with the National Park Foundation to nominate 20 iconic national park sites and landmarks – places that epitomize the parks in which they're found. For four weeks, our readers voted daily for their favorites, and now we have a winner.

  • Fort Jefferson

    Fort Jefferson
    Dry Tortugas National Park

    The center point of Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park is Fort Jefferson, built in the nineteenth century to protect one of North America's most strategic deep water anchorages. Rangers lead visitors on regular history tours of the fort.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo

  • Gateway Arch

    Gateway Arch
    Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

    Just about every American will recognize the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, but many might not realize this famous landmark – the tallest monument in the U.S. – is actually a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, founded to commemorate the city's role in the westward expansion of the United States.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo

  • Half Dome

    Half Dome
    Yosemite National Park

    El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Rock, Glacier Point – Yosemite National Park is brimming with iconic landmarks, but none stands quite as prominent as Half Dome. Rising 5,000 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley, this granite peak is visible throughout much of the eastern portion of the valley.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Teton Mountain Range

    Teton Mountain Range
    Grant Teton National Park

    Gaze at the jagged peaks of the Teton Mountain Range at sunrise or sunset, and you'll see "purple mountain majesties" that make America so beautiful. This range was the reason for creating Grant Teton National Park with its 200 miles of trails.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Blue Ridge Parkway

    Photos of the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially in autumn when the leaves are at their peak of color, is almost instantly recognizable. This 469-mile road operated by the National Park Service connects Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks gets more visitors than any other national park – 15 million in 2015 – yet rarely feels crowded.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Delicate Arch

    Delicate Arch
    Arches National Park

    Of all the fantastical sandstone formations within Arches National Park – including more than 2,000 arches – Delicate Arch is the most immediately recognizable. This free-standing arch, with its 64-foot by 45-foot opening, ranks among the most famous geological features on the planet.
    Photo courtesy of NPS/Neal Herbert

  • Mount Denali

    Mount Denali
    Denali National Park

    Denali National Park gets its name from Mount Denali (also known as Mount McKinley), the tallest mountain peak in North America with a summit 20,310 feet above sea level. Snow-covered Denali dominates the landscape of this vast Alaskan national park.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo Tim Rains

  • Old Faithful

    Old Faithful
    Yellowstone National Park

    Half of the world's known geothermal features and its largest concentration of geysers can be found within the bounds of Yellowstone National Park. None is so famous as Old Faithful. People from around the world come to see this geyser erupt, and it's one of only a handful in the park that park rangers can predict.
    Photo courtesy of NPS/Peaco

  • South Rim

    South Rim
    Grand Canyon National Park

    The Grand Canyon is undeniably one of America's greatest natural wonders, and many a visitor gazes down into its depths from the area in and around Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo by Michael Quinn

  • Statue Of Liberty

    Statue Of Liberty
    Statue Of Liberty National Monument

    The Statue of Liberty is as much as symbol of the United States as it is of the park in which it stands (Statue Of Liberty National Monument). The copper Lady Liberty has been cared for by the National Park Service since 1933.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo

The top 10 winners in the category Best National Park Landmark are as follows:

  1. Fort Jefferson - Dry Tortugas National Park
  2. Gateway Arch - Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  3. Half Dome - Yosemite National Park
  4. Teton Mountain Range - Grant Teton National Park
  5. Blue Ridge Parkway
  6. Delicate Arch - Arches National Park
  7. Mount Denali - Denali National Park
  8. Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park
  9. South Rim - Grand Canyon National Park
  10. Statue Of Liberty - Statue Of Liberty National Monument

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts David French (National Park Foundation) and Audrey Peterman were chosen based on their knowledge of the national park system.

Other nominees for Best National Park Landmark included Bryce Amphitheater in Bryce Canyon National Park, Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, General Sherman Tree in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, Halema'uma'u Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, High Dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park, Presidio of San Francisco in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Washington Monument in National Mall and Memorial Parks and The White House in President's Park.

Congratulations to all our winning national parks! Looking for a perfect national park experience for your next vacation? Visit FindYourPark.com to get ideas for exploring our more than 400 national parks.

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