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Top 10 National Parks

Posted at 10:13 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 22:44:58-04

On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service with celebrate its 100 year anniversary. 

In a recent survey, TripAdvisor found that 21 percent of people in the U.S. are planning to visit a national park this summer. The popular travel site has identified the Top 10 most popular national parks.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The Grand Canyon National Park covers more than 1,900 square miles of river valleys that are up to a mile deep. It's considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon is home to the largest collection of hoodoos, a column or pinnacle of weathered rock, in the world. Walk along the canyon rim to see the pink cliffs from Sunrise Point. 

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton features over 200 miles of trails and is known for the picturesque Teton Range, whose nine peaks are part of the Rocky Mountains. 

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

Experience a unique blend of volcanic landscapes and lush rain forests. Visitors from around the world come to catch the top of Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano that looms 10,000 feet above the island of Maui.

Glacier National Park, Montana

The park features more than 700 miles of trails, forests, meadows, lakes and mountains. It's known as the "Crown of the Continent," the largest ecosystem in the U.S.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Home to some of the best preserved Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites in the country. Travelers can dive into the culture, architecture and lifestyle of the original inhabitants.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California

Get the best of both worlds. The two parks lie side by side in the southern Sierra Nevada and feature some of the country's most impressive natural landscapes.

Yosemite National Park, California

The park covers almost 1,170 square miles, yet most visitors spend their time in only exploring just seven miles. About 95 percent of the park is dedicated to wilderness. The park is world renowned for its granite cliffs and thunderous waterfalls. There are several hiking and camping opportunities. 

Zion National Park, Utah

Spanning over 229 square miles, the park is home to 289 bird species, 75 mammals and 32 reptiles across its four unique life zones. 

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

The best features of Carlsbad Caverns are underground. More than 119 known caves sit below the surface reachable by foot or elevator. 

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