The most-visited national parks in 2017


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

The United States is well-known for its wide range of national parks. Three years ago, in 2016, the total number of visitors to all national parks reached approximately 330.97 million people. The total number of visitors decreased slightly to 330.88 million in 2017. Which specific national parks saw the most visitors in 2017? Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Approximately 16.09 million visitors came to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway in 2017, making it the most-visited park in the national parks system. Golden Gate National Recreational Area in California saw about 14.98 million visitors in 2017. Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee was the third most visited park, seeing 11.34 million visitors.

Gateway National Recreational Area (which is located in New York and New Jersey) was also popular with 9.19 million visits in 2017. Lincoln Memorial Park in the District of Columbia rounded out the top five with 7.96 million visitors. With approximately 7.88 million visitors, Lake Mead National Recreational Area (located in Nevada and Arizona) was also a popular destination. The number of visitors to George Washington Memorial Parkway (Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia) amounted to 7.56 million visits, while Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) saw 6.25 million visits.

Rounding out the top 10, Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee had 6.33 million visitors and Vietnam Veterans National Park saw 5.07 million visitors.


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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