The National Park Service recently released its visitor statistics for 2014. To no one’s surprise, the top 10 most visited national parks were the same as the prior year. Total visits were 292.8 million – up 20.2 million from 2013. Of course, the 2013 total takes into account the 16-day federal government shutdown.
Here are the top 10:
1. Great Smoky Mountain National Park (10 million)
2. Grand Canyon National Park (4.8 million)
3. Yosemite National Park (3.9 million)
4. Yellowstone National Park (3.5 million)
5. Rocky Mountain National Park (3.4 million)
6. Olympic National Park (3.2 million)
7. Zion National Park (3.2 million)
8. Grand Teton National Park (2.8 million)
9. Acadia National Park (2.6 million)
10. Glacier National Park (2.3 million)
In Canada, two parks drew over one million visitors: Banff, with 3.3 million visitors; and Jasper, with just over two million.
Looking for crowds this summer? You’ll find them in abundance here. Soon we’ll post a national park survival guide with pointers on getting the most out of your summer 2015 visit.