The number of people that visited North America's national parks in the 2015 was around 307.2 million. We want to show you the top 5 most visited National Parks, why the people go there and which things you can do when you visit it (1). In the United States there are 59 protected areas. The first National Park was stablished in the 1872 (Yellowstone).
What makes a place be eligible to become a National Park?
1. Natural beauty.
2. Unique geological features.
3. Unusual ecosystems.
4. Recreational opportunities
Twenty-seven states have national parks, as do the territories of American Samoa and the United States Virgin Islands. California has the most (nine), followed by Alaska (eight), Utah (five), and Colorado (four). The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska: at over 8 million acres (32,000 km2), it is larger than each of the nine smallest states. The next three largest parks are also in Alaska. The smallest park is Hot Springs, Arkansas, at less than 6 thousand acres (24 km2). The total area protected by national parks is approximately 51.9 million acres (210,000 km2), for an average of 895 thousand acres (3,620 km2) but a median of only 317 thousand acres (1,280 km2). The most-visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee, with over 10 million visitors in 2015, followed by Arizona's Grand Canyon, with over 5.5 million. In contrast, only 10,745 people visited the remote Gates of the Arctic in Alaska in the same year. Fourteen national parks are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).
A few former national parks are no longer designated as such, or have been disbanded. Other units of the National Park Service (413 altogether) are sometimes incorrectly or broadly referred to as national parks; they are listed here.(3)
The first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872