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October 22, 2009

The 2009 American National Parks Guide

DSC00936 With more than 58 American National Parks to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down which ones are the best. They’re all practically untouched pieces of land, which, as the PBS series on the subject exemplifies, were one of America’s best ideas. Visiting national parks can be an ideal way to enjoy wildlife and incredible new sights on your next vacation, especially because many offer accommodations within or nearby from plain old camping to five star resorts. But tourism has its way of trampling the soils a little too hard, even with good intentions, so pick just one American National Park and get to know it better.


Here’s a rough guide to get you started on a responsible journey:


The most visited parks are: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, The Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Olympic National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Zion National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Teton National Park (pictured above), and Acadia National Park.


The least visited parks are: Kobuk Valley National Park, Lake Clark National Park, National Park of American Samoa, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Isle Royal National Park, North Cascades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Great Basin National Park, and Katmai National Park.


The most endangered parks are: Joshua Tree National Park, Biscayne National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Everglades National Park.
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