From the Great Smoky Mountains to the coast of Olympic National Park, 2018 marked another busy year for our national park system. Many parks saw a record-number of people in 2018 as visitations to all national parks exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year.
In total, approximately 318 million people visited a national park last year, making it the third busiest year since record keeping began in 1904. Out of the 385 parks that report visitation figures, 28 set a new record for visitation in 2018, with 17 parks breaking a record that was set in 2017.
In addition, the 318 million figure includes visits to sites that are managed by the National Park Service that aren’t necessarily national parks. In California, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area saw over 15 million visitors, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.
C. recorded 7.
Top 10 Most Popular National Parks:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 11,421,200 visits
Grand Canyon National Park — 6,380,495 visits
Rocky Mountain National Park — 4,590,493 visits
Zion National Park — 4,320,033 visits
Yellowstone National Park — 4,115,000 visits
Yosemite National Park — 4,009,436 visits
Acadia National Park — 3,537,575 visits
Grand Teton National Park — 3,491,151 visits
Olympic National Park — 3,104,455 visits
Glacier National Park — 2,965,309 visits