Many national parks across the U.S. set records last year for tourist visits.
More than 297 million people traveled to national parks in 2021, according to the National Park Service.
That’s 60 million more people than in 2020.
In fact, at 44 of the nation’s 63 national parks, tourists smashed visitation records.
Zion National Park in Utah overtook Yellowstone as the second-most visited park in the country; Great Smoky Mountains National Park led the way with 14.1 million visitors.
2021 visitation to National Park System reached 297.1 million, but the bulk went to just 25 of the 423 units. The National Park Service wants you to expand your travels to overlooked gems. #NationalParkshttps://t.co/JeyFcbC36y pic.twitter.com/7ii6qNr5hz
— Nat'lParksTraveler™ (@ParksTraveler) February 16, 2022
Three other national parks also had more than 10 million visitors in 2021.
The big “famous” national parks, of course, get a lot of attention. But, what’s maybe a lesser-known national park that you’ve visited and loved?