Ten Best U.S. National Parks

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Top 10 Lists

There is no correct list of the 10 best National Parks and monuments in the U.S. Everyone that is familiar with them has their favorite and rightly so. Your knowledge from visiting some parks, or just reading about them, informs your list and it’s your experience that counts. Nonetheless, various organizations have set out on the fool’s errand to choose the 10 best National Parks, sometimes including monuments, National Preserves and Conservation Areas. Here are some recent top 10 lists:


Fodor’s Travel 10 Best National Parks to Visit in 2015:

  1. Yosemite
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Glacier
  4. Denali
  5. Chaco
  6. Acadia
  7. Rocky Mountain
  8. Mammoth Cave
  9. Olympic
  10. Grand Teton

National Geographic Top 10 U.S. National Park Landmarks (listed by park/monument/preserve):

  1. Grand Canyon
  2. Yosemite
  3. Denali
  4. Grand Teton
  5. Ranier
  6. Cumberland Gap
  7. Chimney Rock
  8. Devil’s Tower
  9. Canyonlands
  10. Bering Land Bridge

Independent Traveler The 10 Best National Parks:

  1. Zion
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. White Sands
  4. Hawaii Volcanoes
  5. Redwood
  6. Red Rock Canyon
  7. Gran Teton
  8. Ranier
  9. Yosemite
  10. Acadia

Daily Telegraph (UK)  America’s 20 best national parks (just the top 10 here):

  1. Yosemite
  2. Acadia
  3. Channel Islands
  4. Pinnacles
  5. Grand Canyon
  6. Denali
  7. Kenai Fjords
  8. Hawaii Volcanoes
  9. Olympic
  10. Saguaro

Budget Travel 15 Most Beautiful National Parks in America (just the top 10 here)

  1. Yosemite
  2. Big Bend
  3. Joshua Tree
  4. Sequoia
  5. Olympic
  6. Glacier
  7. Crater Lake
  8. Yellowstone
  9. Grand Teton
  10. Acadia

Popular Mechanics 10 National Parks to See Before You Die:

  1. Great Smokey Mountains
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Yosemite
  4. Yellowstone
  5. Olympic
  6. Rocky Mountain
  7. Zion
  8. Grand Tetons
  9. Cuyahoga Valley
  10. Acadia

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