The United States National Park Service (NPS) has invited visitors to explore the country’s majestic mountains, rolling plains and colorful deserts for over a century. But never have so many people wanted to take advantage of the limitless adventures available within public lands.
Over the past decade, the number of National Park visitors has increased by more than 20 percent. In 2017 alone, more than 330 million people visited sites managed by NPS. And who can blame them: With 60 sites under National Parks designation, outdoor enthusiasts have a wide variety of stunning landscapes to choose from when selecting their next trip.
We’ve gathered all you need to know to plan your own adventure to one of the country’s 12 most popular national parks, as determined by visitor data. So get planning — nature at its most thrilling awaits. (And be prepared: America's most popular park, and the staggering number of visitors it welcomes, may just surprise you.)