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Ranking America's National Parks


National Park's Rankings 1-59

There are hundreds of criteria you could use to judge or rank a collection as big and diverse as the American national parks, from objective measures like park size and annual visitation to subjective measures like scenic value. For Active Times' ranking, they chose three—biodiversity, range of visitor activities and the opinions of an expert panel.
 

Sunrise at Yosemite National Park

  
Active Times thought biodiversity or the number of plant and animal species living there—is a good measure of a park’s biological value. It indicates, to a degree, a diversity of landscape and habitats and reinforces the need to conserve that place as wilderness. This accounts for 25 percent of each score.
 
The National Park's range of visitor activities including things like hiking, fishing, winter sports, bird watching and camping is simply a nod to the overall visitor experience. This range accounts for 25 percent of each score.
  

   
Active Times' panel of experts included 17 writers, landscape photographers and travel professionals to name their 20 favorite national parks. These are people who write about and study the national parks, and spend much more time in them than your average person. These experts votes accounted for 50 percent of each score.
 
Ranking of our National Parks
1. Yellowstone National Park

2. Yosemite National Park
3. Acadia National Park
4. Glacier National Park
5. Grand Canyon National Park
6. Grand Teton National Park
7. Zion National Park
8. Olympic National Park
9. Sequoia National Park
10. Denali National Park & Preserve
11. Death Valley National Park
12. Everglades National Park
13. Rocky Mountain National Park
14. North Cascades National Park
15. Redwood National Park
16. Kings Canyon National Park
17. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
18. Mount Rainier National Park
19. Canyonlands National Park
20. Big Bend National Park
21. Channel Islands National Park
22. Bryce Canyon National Park
23. Katmai National Park & Preserve
24. Crater Lake National Park
25. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve
26. Arches National Park
27. Joshua Tree National Park
28. Mammoth Cave National Park
29. Isle Royale National Park
30. Shenandoah National Park
31. Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
32. Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
33. Virgin Islands National Park
34. Carlsbad Caverns National Park
35. Cuyahoga Valley National Park
36. Kenai Fjords National Park
37. Saguaro National Park
38. Great Basin National Park
39. Voyageurs National Park
40. Biscayne National Park
41. Lassen Volcanic National Park
42. Haleakala National Park
43. National Park of American Samoa
44. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
45. Badlands National Park
46. Mesa Verde National Park
47. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
48. Petrified Forest National Park
49. Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
50. Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
51. Guadalupe Mountains National Park
52. Hot Springs National Park
53. Wind Cave National Park
54. Dry Tortugas National Park
55. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
56. Kobuk Valley National Park
57. Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve
58. Pinnacles National Park, California
59. Congaree National Park

Complete Story and Details of each National Park - Click Here

 











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