These are the 10 most popular national parks

318 million people visited U.S. parks in 2018. Which were the most popular?

Billion is a pretty big number. (To wit: A million seconds equals about 11 days, but a billion seconds is almost 32 years.) So it’s all the more incredible that the National Park Service’s records have registered over 14 billion visits since 1904. That’s nearly twice the planet’s population. It’s greater than the number of years the universe has existed at all. (See extraordinary photos of national parks from space.)

Those massive crowds keep coming because of the parks’ enduring power. Parks—“America’s best idea”—preserve wildlife and wild places, provide vital recreation, and create priceless cultural spaces. And while it’s well worth a trip to each of the system’s 418 parks (60 of which are “national”), there are certainly some heavy hitters among them.

Check out this photo gallery to learn about each of the top 10 most visited national parks, and explore this graphic to see how their stats stack up.

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10

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5

8

3

6

4

1

2

10,000,000

5,000,000

10 most visited

national parks, 2018

(by attendance)

400 mi

1,000,000

400 km

Yosemite

4,009,436

1.

Great Smoky Mountains

11,421,200

6.

2.

Grand Canyon

6,380,495

7.

Acadia

3,537,575

3.

Rocky Mountain

4,590,493

8.

Grand Teton

3,491,151

Olympic

3,104,455

4.

Zion

4,320,033

9.

5.

Yellowstone

4,115,000

10.

Glacier

2,965,309

9

GLACIER

10

2,965,309

WASH.

ME.

7

MONT.

OLYMPIC

3,104,455

YELLOWSTONE

5

ACADIA

4,115,000

IDAHO

3,537,575

WYO.

GRAND TETON

CALIF.

3,491,151

8

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

3

ZION

YOSEMITE

6

4,590,493

4,320,033

UTAH

4,009,436

4

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

1

COLO.

11,421,200

N.C.

GRAND CANYON

TENN.

2

6,380,495

ARIZ.

10,000,000

5,000,000

1,000,000

10 most visited

national parks, 2018

(by attendance)

This article is updated yearly with new information.