5 Most Visited National Parks in the United States


If one asked to choose the top 5 National Parks in the United States then the job is very difficult. However, we can rank them based on the number of yearly visitors and hence create a list of most visited Nationa Parks.

State Parks & National Parks have widely spread across the US, making it a favourite place for nature lovers. There is a total of 61 National Parks exists in the US. Each and every park is worth a million in terms of greenery, hills, wildlife, waterfalls and many other things. It is difficult (but not impossible!) to visit all these parks because Parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite etc needs months to explore every inch of the park.

For wanderlusts, it is no big deal! Before going to see such places you better need a travel checklist. Because most of the state parks don’t have facilities to shop whenever you need or fancy restaurants. Make sure you are well prepared to explore the beauty of nature.

Today we will see some of the best and most visited National parks.


1)  Yellowstone National Park


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Yellowstone is the very first National Park created in the United States in 1972. This also holds the record of first National Park in the entire world. This huge park is located in 3 states, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Spread across 8,983 kilometres, Yellowstone is huge consisting of lakes, trails, hills, mountains, waterfalls, canyons, wildlife, forest and much more. There is so much to explore in this Park that every trip will be incomplete and people come back with the thirst of wanting to go back again.

The park has a number of visitor centres, restrooms, entrances, restaurants and stores to help tourists. Canyon area, Grand Canyon, Fishing Bridge, Lake, Fairy and Firehole Falls, Mammoth Hot springs, Norris Geyser Basin, Tower Rosevelt and Northeast, West thumb, Grant, South are some of the major locations one should explore in Yellowstone. All these locations have their own waterfalls, lakes, springs and many other things.

Natural geysers are one of the main attraction of Yellowstone. There is a number of natural hot water geysers where water emerges from the ground like a fountain. These are natural hence can be seen anytime and they are spread across the park.

Bison & Grizzly bears are the common animals wandering around, stopping the vehicles thus giving the natural feel to this National Park. Thousands of trails lead their way to the park where you can explore the great beauty of nature on your own.

Since the park is huge, you need to plan your visit based on the vacation time. It takes almost half an hour to 45 minutes to travel from one place to another.



2) Grand Canyon National Park


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The canyons are distributed through 1,217,262 acres creating one of the greatest National Park called ‘Grand Canyon National Park’.

Canyons are almost 1 mile deep and 15 miles wide. The Colorado river flowing between the Canyon takes twists and turns to create a spectacular view of land and water.

The park is divided into South Rim and North Rim. South Rim is the most visited part because it is easy to travel and more accessible compared to the North Rim. Cruising in Colorado river, Hiking, Mule trips and river flat trips are some of the ways to explore Grand Canyon.

Sunset at Cape Royal Point, North Rim is one of the must-see things at Grand Canyon.


3)  Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most visited National Park in the US. In 2016 alone there were 11.3 million visitors to this park!

Cades Cove loop (Scenic mountain valley drive), Clingmans Dome (Highest point in Tennesse), Little River Road (Waterfalls and trails), Newfound Gap Road( 13 miles of mountain landscapes) etc are some of the things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Usually, people visit this park during the fall to see the color change. During winter, various snow activities are held and this is the best place for skiing.



4)  Yosemite National Park


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Covered with huge mountains and waterfalls Yosemite National Park also offers granite cliffs, giant sequoias, wildflowers, and wild animals. The park geographically divided into 4 areas High Sierra, Granite Cliffs, Sequoia Groves, and Valley.

High Sierra is full of Granite Domes, Craggy peaks, and spacious meadows. Lambert Dome, Cathedral Peak, Pikas (Animals), marmots etc are the main attractions of High Sierra.

The massive cliffs joined together and are called Granite Cliffs. Half Dome, El Capitan are some of the highest cliffs in this area. These cliffs challenge climbers with their enormous structure yet there are few people who have reached the top of the cliffs. The shape of the cliffs keeps changing because of the weather, ice, and rockfall.

Tallest trees are another great attraction of Yosemite National Park. Giant Sequoia groves trunk can reach over 25 feet thick! One most interesting fact is that they need fire for reproduction. Hence no need to worry when these trees catch fire.

Most of the year, Merced river flow through Yosemite valley. Black beer, mule deers, Black Oak Acorns can be seen more on the valley side.


5) Sequoia National Park


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Sequoia National Park is located in California, within 4 hrs of distance from Yosemite. Hence people who come to see Yosemite usually cover Sequoia as part of their trip.

Compared to all the National Parks mentioned above, Sequoia is very small, just spread across 1,635 km. One day would be enough to explore the entire park.

The park is full of tall trees and their pine cones. General Sherman Tree exists in this park is the largest tree on Earth! Along with Sequoia trees, the park consists of Redwood, Palms and many other varieties.

Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Park are just 40 minutes away from each other. Both of these parks run in parallel making it convenient for travellers to visit 2 parks in one single trip.

A number of tunnels formed by the fallen sequoia trees connect roads inside the park. Shuttles are available to travel from one place to the other within the park.

141 thoughts on “5 Most Visited National Parks in the United States

  1. My brother lives in United States and he has visited most of them. They are all just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful list.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s great 🙂

  2. alpanadeo says:

    USA has a lot of greenary, and many national parks. We have been to the Great Smoky Mountains. Still have to check out the other parks.

    1. Hackytips says:

      It must have been a great experience 🙂

  3. matheikal says:

    Such lovely places. Wish I could visit them.

  4. Trapti says:

    Wow!! Yellowstone is the very first National Park created in the United States in 1972. This also holds the record of first National Park in the entire world.

  5. Rashi Roy says:

    I have been to the Grand Canyons and its beautiful. Hope I get to see the other spots too. Nice post.

  6. Sweetannu says:

    Wouod live to visit the Yellowstone National Park for its natural geysers and scenic beauty.

  7. The last one is new to me 🙂 The others are world famous national parks 🙂
    #MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads

  8. All the parks look good worth a visit definitely.

  9. Sarah T says:

    Thanks for sharing this information
    My next visit I’ll make it a point to visit atleast one of these parks.

  10. Loved the pictures and the concise descriptions

  11. A beautiful post. A nice description and good photographs.

  12. Anurag says:

    Nice post

    Well whenever i go i wil perfer these places.

  13. I would sure like to visit the Grand Canyon. You make it sound wonderful. I would also like to visit the Sequoia park just to see the largest tree on earth.

  14. Shubhra Rastogi says:

    I have heard all expect #3 and #5. The views from the Grand Canyon are amazing, though I have never been. #MyFriendAlexa #ShubhraReads

  15. Cloud and Sunshine says:

    Thank you for sharing this. #MyFriendAlexa #CloudandSunshineReads

  16. simritbedi says:

    I have never been to USA , but have heard that the parks are very beautiful .. Lovec your post .. Beautifully written

  17. I really hope I can visit the giant Sequoia tree at Yellowstone. All of these parks are so beautiful, though – I wish I could visit all of them!!

  18. Oh i am so envious that u have been there 🙂 Some day sometime I will also visit, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Cheers for the share #wordsmithkaurreads #BlogChatter #MyFriendAlexa

  19. aditi says:

    On my to-visit list Sanjota. The write-up is too good to postpone the trip:p

  20. mommysmagazine says:

    Lovely pics and review. Interested.

  21. Ninu Nair says:

    Have seen Yellowstone national park and Grand Canyon in Hollywood movies, hope to see these places in person soon! Great post and lovely pictures!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  22. Vartika Mehrotra Gakhar says:

    What an amazing post and even better pictures. Hope one day, I will visit the US and cover these places too 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are already exploring many places gal 🙂

  23. I have been only to Grand Canyon and absolutely loved the aerial view of it. It was a treat to the eyes. Will visit the rest soon. Yellow stone has been on my list.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah, you can only experience it. Difficult to describe!

  24. My friends living in the States often share pictures of the beautiful national parks. It must be an awesome experience to nature there

    1. Hackytips says:

      They are fun especially in summer 🙂

  25. Aadhira says:

    Wow, these are added to my places to visit for sure! Thanks for the share!

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome!

  26. I was waiting to read about Smoky Mountains park as we visited only that one during our short stay there. Well documented list indeed😀

    1. Hackytips says:

      oh, that must have been an amazing trip 🙂

  27. USA tops my list for places to visit before I die. This is quite an elaborate list and will come handy to many travelers.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Ikr, there is a lot to explore here.

  28. Paul says:

    I really need to visit Yellowstone!

    1. Hackytips says:

      One of the beautiful park that I have ever seen!

  29. love this ! thanks for sharing these, will add them to the list !

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome.

  30. mahekg says:

    My extended family living there has shared about these many times, must visit places.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yup 🙂

  31. I’ve heard of all these national parks. One day, soon, I’ll be able to visit them. 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:


  32. Very well composed and informative list.i will refer to this if I ever visit U.S

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  33. Lyka says:

    Great tips. Would love to visit all the parks as I’m reading this.

  34. All of these national parks sound amazing but Yellowstone is top of my list!

  35. missmisanthrop says:

    Beautiful destinations, I’ve check all but Yellowstone off my bucket list.

  36. Yellowstone is definitely on my list. Hopefully next year visit is planned #damurureads #myfriendalexa Damuru Creations

    1. Hackytips says:


  37. loved your list buddy , will bear in mind 🙂

  38. Grand Canyon forever has been in my wish list! I must plan a visit there. #myepicareads #MyFriendAlexa

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m sure you will make it by the end of this year 😉

  39. Im so glad you made your top recommendations for visiting all is nearly difficult, when hard pressed for days in hand..such beauties! Would love to visit these.

    1. Hackytips says:

      It was hard to lisdown 5 out of 61..

  40. Rajesh N says:

    I have heard about Grand Canyon National Park. I would like to visit all these parks. thanks for sharing this

    1. Hackytips says:

      You are welcome.

  41. Swarnali says:

    nice places!! must have been a great experience to explore them!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah 🙂

  42. Deform says:

    Very much informative article dear.

  43. Arti says:

    this is like US travel bibliophile 🙂

  44. All the pics you have shared are marvelous. Surely makes me want to visit these places one day.

  45. Aurora M says:

    Amazing places ! There is lot to see in this beautiful world…

    1. Hackytips says:


  46. This work is very insightful. I just to know that Yellowstone is the very first National Park created in the United States in 1972. Amazing!

    1. Hackytips says:

      One of the biggest National park too..

  47. saba ladha says:

    These Places look enticing and the pictures are really wonderful

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  48. Supriya Mehta says:

    Craving to visit these beautiful National Parks, hope to be therr soon

    1. Hackytips says:

      Happens 😀

  49. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    I had heard abot most of them but despite living in USA never get a chance to visit them. will surly keep these places in mind when planning next vacation. great post with useful info #Surbhireads #myfriendalexa

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  50. judy morris says:

    Grand Canyon and Yosemite are my dream parks to be at some day, someway…

    1. Hackytips says:

      🙂 🙂

  51. Nazish says:

    Wow! I liked yellowstone among others, would love to visit someday. 😊

    1. Hackytips says:


  52. If given the chance to visit any of these, I would surely choose the Grand Canyon. My aunt had a book entitled wonders of the world. Grand Canyon is one of them.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Woww! That’s great..

  53. Someday I shall hopefully visit them all

    1. Hackytips says:

      You will 🙂

  54. U have listed down all my favourite places and I hope oneday I get to visit them for sure
    #tmmreads #myfriendalexa

    1. Hackytips says:

      Looks like you are a nature lover.

  55. Ruchie says:

    I always want to travel US and when I get the chance this post is going to help a lot!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Hope you will make it soon.

  56. MeenalSonal says:

    This list is so good, I am going to share with my US friends soon

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  57. Le says:

    I visited the Grand Canyon last year, and it was such an incredible experience!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Ikr, such trips are worth a lifetime.

  58. With these posts of yours, you are sorting people’s trip to US. Another great post, sharing the necessary information of all the national parks.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  59. Very useful post! Will be bookmarking it for my next visit to the USA. Keep writing such informative posts. #MyFriendAlexa #DiaryOfAnInsaneWriter

    1. Hackytips says:

      Sure will try my best.

  60. Stunned by the beauty of these parks and every one is so unique in its own way. I have read about this parks in many fiction novels as well.. The area spoken by you for each park is humongous. A delight for all the nature lovers out there. Great list.
    #readbypreetispanorama for #MyFriendAlexa

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Preeti 🙂

  61. bloggingmadeeasierneha says:

    Have heard so much about these parlks – I would love to visit one day. Great read and awesome pics

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  62. Elizabeth O says:

    The Great Smoky Mountains is absolutely marvellous. I would love to visit soon.

    1. Hackytips says:

      It’s beautiful 🙂

  63. Rudy says:

    Okay, now I feel bad. 😟 I haven’t been to any of these. 🤦🏼‍♂️ I need to get my ass in gear and get out there 🚂✈🚗

    1. Hackytips says:

      Take your time.. The world is bigg 😀

  64. Informative post. The US is full of greenery and hope to visit these lovely places soon

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yup, treat to eyes.

  65. Shalzzz says:

    I am going to share this with my cousins who lives in the States. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      Cool 🙂

  66. These are absolutely amazing! I would love to visit all of these parks, hopefully soon.

    1. Hackytips says:

      I wish you all the best 😀

  67. That’s a fantastic compilation. I will definitely keep this in mind for my next visit

    1. Hackytips says:

      Hope this post helps you to list down what to see 🙂

  68. Bushra says:

    this looks heavenly and trip to vouch for. That’s an intriguing read, Loved the post and your unique writing style.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  69. Thanks for sharing the details, would surely visit all places when I visit their.

    1. Hackytips says:


  70. Bindu Thomas says:

    These parks all look so picturesque. I have read about the General Sherman tree and been fascinated by it!

    1. Hackytips says:

      It is indeed beautiful.

  71. Sarah M says:

    Wow, these are some really picturesque parks where I’d love to go.

  72. Adventures with Shelby says:

    I went to Yellowstone as a kid but I really want to revisit! I’d love to visit the other four parks as well!

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  73. Mila R says:

    Aweosme, I want to see them all. Now the first one is gonna be Yellowstone National Park!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Goood 🙂

  74. Wow those scenic beauties are enticing me. Definitely the most visited and appreciated parks.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Nature is magical 🙂

  75. Anny Bon says:

    Wow. Interesting article and helpful to those travelers visiting USA.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  76. Disha says:

    My friends in US always appreciate the national parks there and all of these look beautiful places for an outing.

    1. Hackytips says:


  77. Vitthal says:

    Very usefull information

  78. I have only been to the Grand Canyon, so would hopefuly like to do the others one day

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. Hackytips says:

      Good luck 🙂

  79. Have been to Yellowstone several years ago and it’s charming! Now I’m planning a trip to the US and hopefully to Wyoming as it is one of the states I have not visited. These parks are incredible places to visit.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Cool, have a safe trip 🙂

  80. Thanks for this collection. Looks incredible..

    1. Hackytips says:


  81. I feel bad that I’ve been n the US my whole life and have never been to these places. They look gorgeous!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Now it’s time to visit them 🙂

  82. Bossylibrarian says:

    The national parks are incredible, we have always planned on doing an RV route once the kids get older to try to see a lot of them. Zion is my favorite so far. Thanks for the post!

    1. Hackytips says:

      RV is soo much fun when you are travelling with the family!

  83. Samantha says:

    I’ve never been to any of the National parks but I’d really love to visit them sometime. Thanks for sharing these.

    1. Hackytips says:


  84. Jeanna Kay says:

    I love to travel. This post is great!

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