How Many of These Top-Rated National Parks Have You Visited?
The National Park system covers 401 areas across the country — from sweeping wildernesses to monumental statues. It would be hard to see all those in a lifetime, but you can try. With many of the sites closed in the winter, the summer is one of the most popular times to visit our national parks. Why not see these most sought-after natural treasures?
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Grand Canyon National Park (Photo: Flickr/Stuseeger)
With 4.5 million visitors every year, the Grand Canyon is one of the most visited national parks. The South Rim is more heavily trafficked, while the North Rim is open only from mid-May to mid-October. The canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and reaches a depth of over a mile. Along with admiring the view, hiking into or across the canyon and rafting the Colorado River are increasingly popular activities.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (Photo: Flickr/Mutrock)
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island, contains two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Because of its scientific value and dramatic landscapes, the park is also an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage site. Crater Rim Drive encircles the summit of Kilauea and many visitors enjoy the trails off of Chain of Craters Road. Because the park is home to active volcanoes, check with the visitors’ center before planning your trip.
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Devils Tower National Park (Photo: Flickr/guido da rozze)