This Saturday is National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer event in the United States where entrance fees are waived at every national park across the country!
The research carried out a deep dive into all 62 national parks with the final 30 chosen based on the number of animal species, the number of bird species, the number of activities, overnight accommodation offering, and accessibility from major U.S. metropolitan areas.
Additional National Park takeaways from the research:
● Yellowstone is the oldest national park in the United States, dating back to 1872.
● At more than twice the size of Delaware, Lake Clark National Park in Alaska is the largest national park in the ranking.
● Delaware is the only state in the U.S. that does not have a national park.
● Congaree is the smallest national park in the ranking, and would cover just 1% of Lake Clark National Park.
● The Grand Canyon was the most-visited national park in the ranking last year, attracting almost six million visitors.
● California is the best-represented state in this year’s ranking, with five of the top 30 national parks located there.
● 18 states have national parks in the top 30 (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming)
The full report is available here: https://www.tourlane.com/best-