Here are some of the best and most visited US national parks that are epitome of wild expanses and colossal features:
Highlighted below are some of the most visited US National Parks :
Yellowstone National Park : The very first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872, and covers territory in three states: Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The park is one of the most visited natural attractions in the country, and is most famous for Old Faithful, its well known geyser, as well as many other geothermal features. Yellowstone offers a rich variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears and herds of bison.Of all the other national parks in America, Yellowstone is arguably the wildest and certainly the most universal in its appeal. It's a magical land of waterfalls, geysers, rainbows, and canyons.
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Glacier Bay National Park : Located outside of Juneau in Alaska, Glacier Bay is famous for its many glaciers. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accessible only by ship or plane, which helps preserve this area and protect it from development. Glacier Bay National Park is home to wildlife including grizzly and black bears, moose, deer, and sea life like seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, salmon, and more.
Yosemite National Park : Central California's Yosemite National Park covers parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Yosemite Valley. This park is known for its waterfalls and Giant Sequoia redwood trees, its wild mountain scenery, and its variety of wildlife.
Grand Canyon National Park : One of the most visited natural attractions in the world, the Grand Canyon is located in Arizona. The park offers spectacular views of the canyon landscapes and the Colorado River that flows through the canyon.
Redwood National and State Parks : The Redwood National and State Parks, a World Heritage Site, houses the tallest trees in the world. The park boasts a rich legacy of natural as well as archeological heritage. It is home to some of the prominent historic buildings such as Huffman Ranch, Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery, etc.
Channel Island National Park : Spanning over five of the California Channel Islands, the Channel Island National Park exemplifies biodiversity at its best. Whether you are a sport lover, or a person with fine aesthetic sense, the park has something to offer to everyone.
Denali National Park : Denali National Park, located in the Alaska Range, includes North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley, and is home to bears, caribou, sheep, moose, and many types of birds.
Canyonlands National Park : Located in Utah at the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers, Canyonlands National Park offers some of the most breathtaking views of the outlying canyons and gorges. The park is separated into four major areas, called the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers.
Arches National Park : Also located in Utah, Arches National Park is named for the more than 2000 natural sandstone arches created by the process of natural erosion. The desert landscapes are home to such wildlife as bighorn sheep, mountain lions, reptiles like the Western rattlesnake, and plants like the prickly pear cactus.
Everglades National Park : Located in the state of Florida, Everglades National Park consists of a unique tropical ecosystem of vast marshlands, lush with saw grass and cypress trees. The park is also home to alligators, crocodiles, panthers, and over 300 species of birds.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park : Not Yosemite, Grand Canyon, or Death Valley but, the Great Smokies in Tennessee is the most visited national park in the US. With a stunning diversity of flora and fauna, it's a splendor of 521,454 acres with up to 800 miles of multipurpose trails. Visitors can indulge in recreational activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and zorbing. Conquer the Appalachian Trail, take walk along mist-shrouded mountains and hidden waterfalls, and discover rural countryside for the vestiges of Appalachian traditions dating back to simpler times.
Rocky Mountain National Park : Straddling the Continental Divide with 76 summits, the alpine beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado is rivaled by only a handful of destinations in the world. The scenic Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road cut through dense pine forests and 412 square miles of park's area. The park is a premier destination for those who love the outdoor thrills such as skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.
Zion National Park : Characterized by 15-mile-long Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs, this national park in southwest Utah features unique geography of the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and Mojave Desert regions. Guided nature walks, horseback riding trips, and evening programs in summer are on offer to visitors. Taylor Creek and Kolob Arch are popular hiking trails undulating through mountains, mesas, buttes, and natural arches.
Olympic National Park : A jewel in the Pacific Northwest's Crown, the Olympic National Park is home to old-growth temperate rainforests, rugged Pacific beaches, and sub-alpine meadows. The Hurricane Ridge viewpoint allows breathtaking sights of snow-capped summits. With an elevation of 2,432 meters, Mount Olympus, which supports large glaciers, is the centerpiece of this national park.
Grand Teton National Park : Out west everything has its own wide space and Grand Teton in Wyoming is no exception. Located only 10 miles south of Yellowstone, Jackson Hole is a popular attraction in this national park. A popular destination for adventure recreation, it accommodates 1,000 campsites and over 200 miles of hiking trails to get lost under the big blue skies.
Acadia National Park : Established in 1916, this national park in Maine is famous for more than 120 miles of hiking trails, 50 miles of carriage roads, glacier-carved summits, pink granite cliffs, offshore rugged islands, inland lakes, and cobblestone beaches. Mount Desert Island comprises the lion's share of total national park acreage. Despite its relatively small area, Acadia is the second most visited national park in the US. The Park Loop Road winds its way through a number of major attractions.
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|Name of Park||State||County||Coordinates||Area||Recreation Visitors (2014)||Date established as Park||Nearest city|
|Acadia||Maine||Hancock / Knox counties||44.35°N 68.21°W||47,389.67 acres (191.8 km2)||25,63,129||February 26, 1919||Bar Harbor|
|American Samoa||American Samoa||NA||14.25°S 170.68°W||9,000.00 acres (36.4 km2)||13,953||October 31, 1988||NA|
|Arches||Utah||Grand County||38.68°N 109.57°W||76,518.98 acres (309.7 km2)||12,84,767||November 12, 1971||Moab, Utah|
|Badlands||South Dakota||Jackson, Pennington, and Oglala Lakota counties||43.75°N 102.50°W||242,755.94 acres (982.4 km2)||8,68,094||November 10, 1978||Wall, South Dakota|
|Big Bend||Texas||Brewster County, Texas||29.25°N 103.25°W||801,163.21 acres (3,242.2 km2)||3,14,102||June 12, 1944||Alpine|
|Biscayne||Florida||Miami-Dade County||25.65°N 80.08°W||172,924.07 acres (699.8 km2)||5,25,745||June 28, 1980||Homestead|
|Black Canyon of the Gunnison||Colorado||Montrose County||38.57°N 107.72°W||32,950.03 acres (133.3 km2)||1,83,045||October 21, 1999||Montrose|
|Bryce Canyon||Utah||Garfield||37.57°N 112.18°W||35,835.08 acres (145.0 km2)||14,35,741||February 25, 1928||Tropic, Panguitch|
|Canyonlands||Utah||San Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand||38.2°N 109.93°W||337,597.83 acres (1,366.2 km2)||5,42,431||September 12, 1964||Moab, Utah|
|Capitol Reef||Utah||Wayne, Garfield, Sevier, and Emery counties||38.20°N 111.17°W||241,904.26 acres (979.0 km2)||7,86,514||December 18, 1971||Torrey|
|Carlsbad Caverns||New Mexico||Eddy County||32.17°N 104.44°W||46,766.45 acres (189.3 km2)||14,97,889||May 14, 1930||Carlsbad|
|Channel Islands||California||Santa Barbara County & Ventura County||34.01°N 119.42°W||249,561.00 acres (1,009.9 km2)||3,42,161||March 5, 1980||Santa Barbara|
|Congaree||South Carolina||Richland County||33.78°N 80.78°W||26,545.86 acres (107.4 km2)||1,20,122||November 10, 2003||Eastover, South Carolina (town)|
|Crater Lake||Oregon||Klamath County||42.94°N 122.1°W||183,224.05 acres (741.5 km2)||5,35,508||May 22, 1902||Klamath Falls|
|Cuyahoga Valley||Ohio||Summit County & Cuyahoga County||41.24°N 81.55°W||32,950 acres (133.3 km2)||21,89,849||October 11, 2000||Cleveland, Akron|
|Death Valley||California, Nevada||NA||36.24°N 116.82°W||3,372,401.96 acres (13,647.6 km2)||11,01,312||October 31, 1994||Lone Pine, California; Beatty, Nevada|
|Denali||Alaska||NA||63.33°N 150.50°W||4,740,911.72 acres (19,185.8 km2)||5,31,315||February 26, 1917||Healy|
|Dry Tortugas||Florida||Monroe County||24.63°N 82.87°W||64,701.22 acres (261.8 km2)||64,865||October 26, 1992||Key West|
|Everglades||Florida||Miami-Dade, Monroe, & Collier counties||25.32°N 80.93°W||1,508,537.90 acres (6,104.8 km2)||11,10,901||May 30, 1934||Florida City Everglades City|
|Gates of the Arctic||Alaska||Yukon-Koyukuk||67.78°N 153.30°W||7,523,897.74 acres (30,448.1 km2)||12,669||December 2, 1980||NA|
|Glacier||Montana||Flathead County & Glacier||48.80°N 114.00°W||1,013,572.41 acres (4,101.8 km2)||23,38,528||May 11, 1910||Columbia Falls, Montana|
|Glacier Bay||Alaska||NA||58.50°N 137.00°W||3,224,840.31 acres (13,050.5 km2)||5,00,727||December 2, 1980||Juneau|
|Grand Canyon||Arizona||Coconino and Mohave||36.06°N 112.14°W||1,217,403.32 acres (4,926.7 km2)||47,56,771||February 26, 1919||Fredonia, Arizona (North Rim)|
|Grand Teton||Wyoming||Teton County||43.73°N 110.80°W||309,994.66 acres (1,254.5 km2)||27,91,392||February 26, 1929||Jackson|
|Great Basin||Nevada||White Pine County||38.98°N 114.30°W||77,180.00 acres (312.3 km2)||1,07,526||October 27, 1986||Ely, Baker, Border|
|Great Sand Dunes||Colorado||Saguache County||37.73°N 105.51°W||42,983.74 acres (173.9 km2)||2,71,774||September 13, 2004||Alamosa|
|Great Smoky Mountains||Tennessee, North Carolina||Swain & Haywood counties||35.68°N 83.53°W||521,490.13 acres (2,110.4 km2)||1,00,99,276||June 15, 1934||Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee|
|Guadalupe Mountains||Texas||Culberson County and Hudspeth County||31.92°N 104.87°W||86,415.97 acres (349.7 km2)||1,66,868||October 15, 1966||Dell City, Texas|
|Haleakalā||Hawaii||Maui County||20.72°N 156.17°W||29,093.67 acres (117.7 km2)||11,42,040||August 1, 1916||Pukalani|
|Hawaii Volcanoes||Hawaii||Hawaii||19.38°N 155.20°W||323,431.38 acres (1,308.9 km2)||16,93,005||August 1, 1916||NA|
|Hot Springs||Arkansas||Garland County||34.51°N 93.05°W||5,549.75 acres (22.5 km2)||14,24,484||March 4, 1921||Hot Springs|
|Isle Royale||Michigan||Keweenaw County||48.10°N 88.55°W||571,790.11 acres (2,314.0 km2)||14,560||April 3, 1940||Thunder Bay, Ontario|
|Joshua Tree||California||Riverside County and San Bernardino County||33.79°N 115.90°W||789,745.47 acres (3,196.0 km2)||15,89,904||October 31, 1994||Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino|
|Katmai||Alaska||Katmai||58.50°N 155.00°W||3,674,529.68 acres (14,870.3 km2)||30,896||December 2, 1980||King Salmon|
|Kenai Fjords||Alaska||NA||59.92°N 149.65°W||669,982.99 acres (2,711.3 km2)||2,70,666||December 2, 1980||Seward|
|Kings Canyon||California||Fresno County & Tulare County||36.80°N 118.55°W||461,901.20 acres (1,869.2 km2)||5,02,268||March 4, 1940||Fresno|
|Kobuk Valley||Alaska||Northwest Arctic||67.55°N 159.28°W||1,750,716.50 acres (7,084.9 km2)||16,875||December 2, 1980||Kotzebue|
|Lake Clark||Alaska||Kenai Peninsula||60.97°N 153.42°W||2,619,733.21 acres (10,601.7 km2)||16,100||December 2, 1980||Anchorage|
|Lassen Volcanic||California||Shasta, Lassen, Plumas, and Tehama Counties||40.49°N 121.51°W||106,372.36 acres (430.5 km2)||4,32,977||August 9, 1916||Redding and Susanville|
|Mammoth Cave||Kentucky||Edmonson, Hart, and Barren||37.18°N 86.10°W||52,830.19 acres (213.8 km2)||5,22,628||July 1, 1941||Brownsville|
|Mesa Verde||Colorado||Montezuma County||37.18°N 108.49°W||52,121.93 acres (210.9 km2)||5,01,563||June 29, 1906||Mancos, Colorado|
|Mount Rainier||Washington||Pierce County and Lewis||46.85°N 121.75°W||235,625.00 acres (953.5 km2)||12,64,259||March 2, 1899||Tacoma|
|North Cascades||Washington||Whatcom, Skagit, and Chelan||48.70°N 121.20°W||504,780.94 acres (2,042.8 km2)||23,865||October 2, 1968||Mount Vernon, Washington|
|Olympic||Washington||Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, and Grays Harbor||47.97°N 123.50°W||922,650.86 acres (3,733.8 km2)||32,43,872||June 29, 1938||Port Angeles|
|Petrified Forest||Arizona||Apache, Navajo||35.07°N 109.78°W||93,532.57 acres (378.5 km2)||8,36,799||December 9, 1962||NA|
|Pinnacles||California||San Benito County & Monterey County||36.48°N 121.16°W||26,605.73 acres (107.7 km2)||1,96,635||January 10, 2013||Soledad, California|
|Redwood||California||Humboldt County & Del Norte County||41.30°N 124.00°W||112,512.05 acres (455.3 km2)||4,29,166||October 2, 1968||Crescent City|
|Rocky Mountain||Colorado||Larimer / Grand / Boulder counties||40.40°N 105.58°W||265,828.41 acres (1,075.8 km2)||34,34,751||January 26, 1915||Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado|
|Saguaro||Arizona||Pima County||32.25°N 110.50°W||91,439.71 acres (370.0 km2)||6,73,572||October 14, 1994||Tucson|
|Sequoia||California||Tulare County||36.43°N 118.68°W||404,051.17 acres (1,635.1 km2)||10,39,137||September 25, 1890||Visalia, California|
|Shenandoah||Virginia||NA||38.53°N 78.35°W||199,045.23 acres (805.5 km2)||12,55,321||May 22, 1926||Front Royal|
|Theodore Roosevelt||North Dakota||Billings County||46.97°N 103.45°W||70,446.89 acres (285.1 km2)||5,59,580||November 10, 1978||Medora|
|Virgin Islands||United States Virgin Islands||NA||18.33°N 64.73°W||14,688.87 acres (59.4 km2)||4,26,930||August 2, 1956||NA|
|Voyageurs||Minnesota||Saint Louis County & Koochiching County||48.50°N 92.88°W||218,200.17 acres (883.0 km2)||2,39,160||January 8, 1971||International Falls|
|Wind Cave||South Dakota||Custer County||43.57°N 103.48°W||28,295.03 acres (114.5 km2)||5,42,022||January 9, 1903||Hot Springs, South Dakota|
|Wrangell-St. Elias||Alaska||Cook||61.00°N 142.00°W||8,323,147.59 acres (33,682.6 km2)||74,722||December 2, 1980||Copper Center, Alaska|
|Yellowstone||Wyoming, Montana, Idaho||Park County, Wyoming, Teton County, Wyoming, Gallatin County, Montana, Park County, Montana, Fremont County||44.60°N 110.50°W||2,219,790.71 acres (8,983.2 km2)||35,13,484||March 1, 1872||NA|
|Yosemite||California||Tuolumne, Mariposa, & Madera counties||37.83°N 119.50°W||761,266.19 acres (3,080.7 km2)||38,82,642||October 1, 1890||Mariposa, California|
|Zion||Utah||Washington, Kane, and Iron counties||37.30°N 113.05°W||146,597.60 acres (593.3 km2)||31,89,696||November 19, 1919||Springdale , Orderville, Cedar City|
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Last Updated Date: December 27, 2016