America’s Most-Visited National Parks of 2018

Every year, we compile a list of the most-visited National Parks around the country, and aside from a few jumps and dives, not much changes. In 2018, the National Parks of America had another popular year, inspiring hundreds of millions with nature, history and culture. While some parks, like Olympic, continue to plummet in visitation compared with other popular parks, places like Rocky Mountain have surged upwards over the part few years, reaching new heights. Give this list a glance and see how many of the country’s most popular parks you have visited.

Another year has come and gone in our National Parks and trends continue downwards for overall park visitation. In 2018, over 318 million people visited National Park Service destinations spread across the nation, a reduction of 4% from the previous year. While visitation numbers are still up from a decade ago, the incredible boost our National Parks received in 2016 from the NPS centennial seems to be quickly diminishing. Luckily, millions of people still went outside to see the natural wonders of the nation in 2018, helping to give us this top 11 list of the most-visited parks of 2018.

AMERICA’S TOP 10 MOST-VISITED NATIONAL PARKS FOR 2018

GSMNP via Michael Hick

#1 GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 1

2018: 11,421,200

2017: 11,338,893

2016: 11,312,786

2015: 10.7 million


Grand Canyon National Park via The Outdoor Society

#2 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 2

2018: 6,380,495

2017: 5,843,094

2016: 6,969,811

2015: 5.5 million


Rocky Mountain National Park via Bruce Dall

#3 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 4

2018: 4,590,493

2017: 4,437,215

2016: 4,517,585

2015: 4.1 million


Zion National Park via Ben Jackson

#4 ZION NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 3

2018: 4,320,033

2017: 4,504,813

2016: 4,295,127

2015: 3.6 million


A scene along Firehole Drive in Yellowstone National Park

#5 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 6

2018: 4,115,000

2017: 4,116,524

2016: 4,257,177

2015: 4.1 million


Yosemite National Park. Image via edward stojakovic

#6 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 5

2018: 4,009,436

2017: 4,274,366

2016: 5,028,868

2015: 4.1 million


Acadia National Park via Geoff Livingston

#7 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 7

2018: 3,537,575

2017: 3,509,272

2016: 3.303,393

2015: 2.8 million


Grant Teton National Park via The Outdoor Society

#8 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 9

2018: 3,491,151

2017: 3,317,000

2016: 3,270,076

2015: 3.1 million


Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park

#9 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Last Year’s Ranking: 8

2018: 3,104,455

2017: 3,401,996

2016: 3,390,221

2015: 3.3 million


GlacierNPS Mt Oberlin – NPS / Tim Rains

#10 Glacier National Park

Last Year’s Ranking: 10

2018: 2,965,309

2017: 3,305,512

2016: 2,946,681

2015: 2.7 million


Joshua Tree National Park via The Outdoor Society

#11 JOSHUA TREE

Last Year’s Ranking: 11

2018: 2,942,382

2017: 2,853,619

2016: 2,505,286

2015: 2 million

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