The Grand Canyon is the most scenic national park in America, according to new research

The USA is home to 62 stunning national parks, all varying in landscape from vast deserts and canyons to snow-capped mountains and dense forests, providing countless opportunities for Americans to explore the great outdoors without leaving the country.
But which U.S. national park is the most appealing?
Research by Outforia has analyzed 58 of the USA’s most beautiful national parks, based on factors such as sights and landmarks, highest peaks, Instagram hashtags and wildlife spotting opportunities, to create a ranking of the most scenic national parks in the USA and the Grand Canyon, Arizona ranks first.

Rank

National Park

Area (acres)

Annual Visitors

Nature & Parks

Attractions

Sights & Landmarks

Attractions

Highest Peak (feet)

Number of Animal Species

Number of Plant Species

Instagram Hashtags

Overall Score

1

Grand Canyon

1,201,647

5,974,411

41

44

9,165

764

1,747

3,810,832

7.15

2

Yosemite

761,748

4,422,861

97

33

13,114

395

1,570

3,035,770

6.77

3

Great Smoky Mountains

522,427

12,547,743

85

14

6,643

1,778

2,671

705,729

6.53

4

Yellowstone

2,219,791

4,020,288

122

28

11,358

388

1,376

1,575,593

6.03

5

Sequoia & Kings Canyon

865,964

1,878,163

40

27

14,505

331

1,552

536,323

5.67

6

Rocky Mountain

265,807

4,670,053

77

13

14,259

358

1,005

2,659,978

5.64

7

Death Valley

3,408,396

1,740,945

36

27

11,049

486

1,164

966,406

5.49

8

Zion

147,243

4,488,268

36

9

8,726

378

1,058

1,717,594

4.91

9

Big Bend

801,163

463,832

36

14

7,825

600

1,326

188,777

4.84

10

Grand Teton

310,044

3,405,614

33

14

13,770

314

1,615

372,868

4.76

The iconic Grand Canyon is the most scenic park in the USA. It ranks number one for sights and landmarks, with the highest number (44) of landmark attractions including the canyon’s spectacular gorge, viewing points such as Lipan Point and scenic routes such as East Rim Drive and Cape Rotal Drive. It is also the most loved national park on Instagram, with 3.8 million posts mentioning the park.
Carl Borg, Editor at Outforia commented on the findings:
“It is no surprise that the Grand Canyon National Park ranks number one scenic park in America. The spectacular gorge is a major world landmark in itself, attracting over 6 million visitors every year who are seeking to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking canyon carved by the Colorado River.
“Most people don’t realise that The Grand Canyon National Park stretches across 1.2 million acres, with the main tourist areas being the South and North Rim. The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park, offering a vast number of hiking trails and viewpoints for visitors to enjoy, as well as over 300 campsites for visitors wishing to spend a few days in the park – which is certainly recommended as there is so much to see and do!
“Visitors to the Grand Canyon National Park should be aware that the North Rim closes between October and May and there is an entrance fee to the park of between $20 to $35 dollars to help maintain upkeep. It’s always recommended that visitors bring appropriate hiking gear, suitable for every weather, as the park has its own microclimate resulting in unpredictable extreme weather conditions.”
You can view the full research by clicking here.
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