I was curious to see what the top visited national parks were in the U.S. To my surprise, I had been to two of the three. Although every park shines in its own uniqueness these three draw the most visitors.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the Great Smoky Mountains attracted 9,354,695 visitors to its park in the year of 2013, compare that to the 4,564,840 visitors that visited Grand Canyon and it’s a huge difference.
- Grand Canyon National Park
My own experience at the Grand Canyon was unforgettable. I remember arriving there right around sunset. My family and I walked through a gift shop to be able to reach a point where we could view the Grand Canyon. When I walked through the doors and saw the sun setting over the canyon it looked just like a painting. It almost didn’t look real. The sunset illuminated the Grand Canyon with colors of pink, yellow and orange. It is a sight I will never forget.
- Yosemite National Park
As I mentioned in my recent post, “A Park for All Tastes,” Yosemite National Park is a vast and beautiful park. I remember standing near Bridalveil Falls and feeling the water spray on me while I took in the view. According to Monica Wachman of USA Today, “Yosemite National Park is home to several waterfalls. Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest in North America. Bridalveil Falls is aptly named because of the wind’s tendency to blow the falling water sideways, making it look as delicate as a bride’s veil. The tallest waterfall in North America, Ribbon Falls, is also within park boundaries.”
Statistics found from National Geographic Travel.