While 2020 meant that many people had to learn how to stay inside, several national parks were still open to give people a place to escape from the rest of the world. These are the top 5 most-visited national parks in America from 2020.
Grand Canyon National Park – 2.9 million visitors
It might be the most famous canyon across the US, but the Grand Canyon National Park is only the fifth most-visited national park in America. It was formed in 1919 after Teddy Roosevelt took it upon himself to protect the area, and it has attracted people from across the world ever since. It might not be the largest of the deepest canyon across the States, but the Grand Canyon will forever hold a special place in many people’s hearts.
Rocky Mountain National Park – 3.3 million visitors
The Continental Divide Scenic Trail is one of the most popular things to enjoy at Rocky Mountain National Park as visitors can enjoy the 30-mile trail that determines if water runs to the Pacific or Atlantic. 3.3 million visitors made their way to the national park in Colorado in 2020 who got to take in the impressive bighorn sheep who have grown to become a symbol of the park over the years.
Zion National Park – 3.6 million visitors
3.6 million visitors enjoyed Zion National Park in 2020, making it the third most visited in the US. Here, people often love to lose themselves in the canyons and hike their way to the top of the rocks. The Great White Throne and Weeping Rock are also two of the most popular attractions within the park, and it seems people can’t get enough of the incredible sights hidden within Utah.
Yellowstone National Park – 3.8 million visitors
Yellowstone National Park hasn’t taken home second place for the most-visited national park in America since 1947, but that all changed in 2020 as it saw 3.8 million visitors throughout the year. Amazingly, it’s the second-oldest national park in the world as it was established back in 1872. It’s also filled with a vast number of geothermal features, including the world’s largest geyser, The Steamboat Geyser.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 12.1 million visitors
Believe it or not, but the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been the most-visited national park in America since 1944, which didn’t change in 2020. The park welcomed a staggering 12.1 million visitors last year who all enjoyed the historical buildings and hiking trails on offer. Another bonus for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is its highly accessible location, with access from Tennessee, Knoxville, North Carolina, and Asheville all within an hour. The best bit? There is no entrance fee.
The top 5 most-visited national parks in America all bring something new to the table, making them the perfect adventure for anyone who loves to get out and about in nature. The best bit? With so many things to see and do, we’ll never run out of new experiences.