Do you love to visit U.S. National Parks or are you interested in doing so?
Great Smokey Mountains NP, located in Tennessee and North Carolina was the most visited U.S. National Park in 2013 with 9,354,695 according to the National Parks Conservation Association. Following in a distant second was Grand Canyon NP with 4,564,840 visitors and Yosemite NP with 3,691,191 visitors.
While I’m certainly no expert on the topic of U.S. National Parks, I would’ve expected the most visited parks to be Yellowstone or Yosemite. Kim and I have visited a limited number of National Parks in the U.S. and hope to change this in the future.
I’ve always heard that the more popular parks can get quite crowded during the summer with lodging hard to come by or quite expensive.
I can’t say that I enjoy visiting sites that get over-crowded but sometimes it can be unavoidable unless you decide to look to other options. I came across an article from Smarter Travel which gives great suggestions to visiting some lesser-visited NPs.
Smarter Travel put together a slideshow of 10 Crowd-Free National Parks.
Here is the list:
- Canyonlands National Park- Utah
- North Cascades National Park- Washington
- Dry Tortugas National Park- Florida
- Kings Canyon National Park- California
- Lake Clark National Park & Preserve- Alaska
- Congaree National Park- South Carolina
- Guadalupe Mountains National Park- Texas
- Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park- Colorado
- Pinnacles National Park- California
- Great Basin National Park- Nevada
I haven’t been to any of the parks listed above but from what I read and the photos I’ve seen, they do look spectacular. I’d guess visiting these parks could be just as great of an experience as visiting the more popular national parks.
Have you visited any of the NPs from the list put together by Smarter Travel?
Find out about each of the parks listed by checking out the Smarter Travel slideshow here.
There are still 3 dates left in 2014 for Free Entrance Days at US National Parks.