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Need Summer Plans? Check Out The Top 10 US National Parks

Need Summer Plans? Check Out The Top 10 US National Parks


by Alanna Smith
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The National Park Service turns 101 this year, which is certainly worth celebrating. Take advantage of the 4th of July or a beautiful summer weekend, and visit one of the dozens of parks across the country. Having trouble choosing? Take a look at our list below, and get inspired!

There are also free admission days this year on August 25, September 30, and November 11-12. Find out more here.

10. Glacier National Park

Known as the "Crown of the Continent," Glacier N.P. had almost 3 million visitors last year. Filled with towering mountains and mirror-like lakes, it is home to Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most spectacular drives in the U.S.hang out in glacier national park

9. Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton is located only 10 miles from Yellowstone, but it is a wholly unique park. Of the 3 million or more annual visitors, many gravitate towards its fantastic climbing peaks and backcountry campsites. hang out in grand teton

8. Acadia National Park

Acadia is famous for its rocky shoreline and fantastic camping, which draw in over 3 million visitors every year. Most of the park can be found on Mount Desert Island, a patchwork of parkland, private property, and picturesque seaside villages. acadia national park

7. Olympic National Park

This jewel of the Pacific Northwest saw 3.4 million visitors last year, even though there are no roads that cross the park. It contains a unique blend of ecosystems ranging from boulder-strewn beaches to snow-capped mountains.stay near olympic national park

6. Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Want to visit the country's very first national park? Yellowstone welcomes over 4 million visitors each year. It covers 2.2 million acres across three states and is home to two-thirds of the world's geysers.great tour of yellowstone

5. Zion National Park

Distinguished by its steep red cliffs, Zion attracted nearly 4.3 million visitors last year. Sometimes overshadowed by the Grand Canyon, this park offers fantastic hiking and some of the country's most unique and majestic rock formations.check out zion national park

4. Rocky Mountain National Park

With 150 lakes, 450 miles of streams, and a huge variety of wildlife and ecosystems, it's no surprise that this park is a top destination for tourists– with over 4.5 million visitors last year–seeking the ultimate Colorado wilderness to colorado and see the rockies

3. Yosemite National Park

Cascading waterfalls, deep valleys, and giant sequoias are just a handful of the reasons to visit this historic park, which saw 5 million visitors last year! Many visitors love the stunning Yosemite Valley, an eight mile-long canyon bordered by famous peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan.gorgeous yosemite

2. Grand Canyon National Park

The bucket-list topping Grand Canyon is one of the largest canyons on earth, and the second-most visited national park with an annual average of 5.5 million visitors. It runs a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide, and offers hiking trails, rafting, and other to las vegas and visit the grand canyon

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tennessee & North Carolina

The most-visited national park in the U.S., the Great Smoky Mountains saw over 11 million recreational visitors last year. Unlike other parks, admission is always free, which makes it easy to enjoy 850 miles of hiking trails (including a section of the Appalachian trail). hang out in north carolina

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