America’s Top 10 National Parks

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Yosemite National Park ~ © The Roaming Boomers

It’s no secret that baby boomer travelers are gaga about America’s National Parks.  In fact, in 2011, 278,939,216 people visited America’s National Parks.  Isn’t that a staggering number?

While the 2012 numbers have yet to be released, it is an absolute certainty that American baby boomers have National Parks at the forefront of their bucket lists.

To help you understand which of America’s 365 National Park Service areas are the most popular, here’s a list of the top ten:

America’s Ten Most Visited National Parks

National ParkRecreational
Park Visits
1.Great Smoky Mountains National Park (TN, NC)9,008,830
2.Grand Canyon National Park (AZ)4,298,178
3.Yosemite National Park (CA)3,951,393
4.Yellowstone National Park (WY, MT, ID)3,394,326
5.Rocky Mountain National Park (CO)3,176,941
6.Olympic National Park (WA)2,966,502
7.Zion National Park (UT)2,825,505
8.Grand Teton National Park (WY)2,587,437
9.Acadia National Park (ME)2,374,645
10.Cuyahoga Valley National Park (OH)2,161,185

Source: National Park Service

In 2013, we are certain to be roaming more of our nation’s National Parks.

How ’bout you?  Do you have plans to visit any of America’s National Parks this year?

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3 Responses to “America’s Top 10 National Parks”
  1. Laurie says:

    I love America’s National Parks! There is such a variety. I plan to visit Rocky Mountain and Glacier National Parks in 2013. Can’t wait!

  2. Dottie W. says:

    I went to Glacier back in 1995 (back when hiking was still an option) and it was spectacular! We went in late June when the snow was still running off and there were waterfalls everywhere with the most beautiful rocks I’d ever seen. We wore bells (or rather I wore bells!) because they say to do so to avoid bears. Never saw any bears but there were mountain goats in the parking lot of the visitor’s center on a huge block of ice. I’m from the midwest so ice in June was pretty amazing! You will love it!

    • David Porter says:


      We haven’t been to Glacier yet, but it’s on our bucket list! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a fan of The Roaming Boomers! Smile

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