Most popular National Parks ranked for 2017 summer vacations

Grand Canyon (National Park Foundation)

Families considering their vacation possibilities for the summer of 2017 might consider a visit to a National Park.  Last year 293 million travelers decided to include U.S. national parks in their trip itineraries.

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco is the leading destination of the National Park Systems list, with Great Smoky Mountain National Park designated the most popular national park. The National Park Service’s 405 park sites include the 59 headliner national parks, national monuments,, national seashores, and other various designations.

Grand Canyon (Valerie Loop)

“As the National Park Service strives to share a more inclusive and well-rounded version of the American story through the places we care for, it is gratifying to see more people than ever coming to their national parks to enjoy nature, learn about history, and spend time with their families,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

The most popular national parks 2016 were identified by search data and the results could be considered in vacation planning.  The following parks were favored. The rank, park, gateway city, and average hotel price per night are provided.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park–Pigeon Forge, TN, $97

Grand Canyon National Park–Grand Canyon Village, AZ,               $103

Yosemite National Park–Mariposa, CA, $119

Yellowstone National Park–Cody, WY, $138

Grand Teton National Park–Jackson, WY, $191

Zion National Park–Springdale, UT, $157

Arches & Canyonlands National Parks–Moab, UT, $132

Rocky Mountain National Park–Grand Lake, CO, $140

Acadia National Park–Bar Harbor, ME, $180

Joshua Tree National Park–Twentynine Palms, CA,$89

In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated their centennial with even more focus on these monumental and beautiful reserves.

“The surging popularity of national parks shows they are becoming travel destinations in and of themselves,” noted Taylor L. Cole, APR, a travel expert for the hotel industry. “We’ve seen a high volume of searches for stays in and around national parks.”

Search engines have made “it easier to stay right on national park grounds with added accommodation options such as lodges, cabins and even treehouses,” Cole added.

San Antonio Zoo

Memphis Zoo

Schlitterbahn Water Park

Cracker Barrel Country Store (Cracker Barrel)


Royal Gorge, Canon City, Colorado 

All Seasons Ground Care (CLICK) in San Antonio

Attorney Luis R Vera Jr

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