The number one busiest national park in the country is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park in second place, Grand Canyon, didn’t quite make it to 50% of Smoky Mountains’ attendance.
What is the great attraction? The usual attractions are what draw people. Maybe being in a location close to so many large population centers east of the Mississippi River is what causes the attendance numbers to surge so high. All the other national parks on the list are much further west.
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Bluegreen’s Mountain Loft, Crown Park Resort, Gatlinburg Town Square Resort, Peppertree at Laurel Point, Sunrise Ridge Resort, Tree Tops of Gatlinburg, Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort, Wyndham Great Smokies Lodge, Wyndham Smoky Mountains, and Wyndham Smoky Mountains at Governor’s Crossing.
So here’s the whole list – the busiest National Parks in the US and their annual attendance:
1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. 9,192,477
2. Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. 4,401,522
3. Yosemite National Park, Calif. 3,304,144
4. Olympic National Park, Wash. 3,142,774
5. Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.-Mont.-Idaho 2,835,651
6. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. 2,798,368
7. Zion National Park, Utah 2,586,665
8. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio 2,533,827
9. Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. 2,463,442
More about Grand Canyon National Park - Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year – a far cry from the annual visitation of 44,173 which the park received in 1919. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep.
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