5 Most Popular National Park in The US

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By Get Conversational June 3, 2014 17:32

5 Most Popular National Park in The US

America’s national parks are one of the country’s biggest draws. Sprawling, preserved natural wonders can be seen, explored, and camped in. All told, there are 59 protected national parks in America. These are the five most popular, starting with number five:

5. Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Nestled in the Colorado Rockies, northwest of Boulder, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park stretches 416 square miles of mountainous terrain and features 359 hiking trails, 150 lakes, and 450 miles of streams, plus ecosystems ranging from wetlands to pine forests to montane areas to alpine tundra. There is also a wide variety of animals that inhabit the park, including beaver, elk, and bighorn sheep, as well as many bird species.

4. Yellowstone National Park – Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is America’s oldest national park. Known for its geysers and hot springs, Yellowstone contains 60% of the world’s geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. The park is also home to bison, elk, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, and other Rocky Mountain fauna. This park has everything from lava flows to forests to lakes.

3. Yosemite National Park – California

Yosemite National Park lies east of San Francisco in the Sierra Nevada mountains and offers visitors a varied landscape of deep valleys, vast meadows, and groves of giant sequoia trees. With ninety-five percent of the park designated as wilderness, its best known features like its granite formations and North America’s tallest waterfall, are only scratching the surface. Yosemite is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

2. Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona

Number two on the most popular list is perhaps the most famous of America’s national parks – the Grand Canyon. Established in 1919, this enormous stretch of canyon is 277 miles long and 6,000 vertical feet at its deepest. The vast majority of the five million annual visitors will only view the canyon from above, but in order to get the true Grand Canyon experience, you’ll need to hike down into the canyon.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee and North Carolina

The only national park on America’s east coast to make this list is the Great Smoky Mountains. The park is a wonderland of waterfalls, wildflowers, and wildlife. It offers visitors 800 miles of maintained trails. With over nine million annual visitors, the Great Smokys preserve the world’s best examples of deciduous forest and a matchless variety of plants and animals, including bears.

Many people choose a road trip across America to see all of these natural wonders. How many have you seen or plan to see in the next year?

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