The Most Popular National Park in Every State

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46. Virginia
> Park: Colonial National Historical Park
> 2016 visits: 3,352,656
> 5-year change in visits: 0.0%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $196,024.90

Virginia’s most visited park tells the story of the colonization of America. Visitors to Colonial National Historical Park can tour historic Jamestowne — the first permanent English settlement in North America dating back to 1607 — and the last major battle of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown.

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47. Washington
> Park: Olympic National Park
> 2016 visits: 3,390,221
> 5-year change in visits: +0.1%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $286,786.30

Olympic National Park in Washington spans nearly 1 million acres. The park was established in 1938 and offers a variety of natural experiences for visitors such as glacier-capped mountains, temperate rain forests, and 70 miles of coastline.

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48. West Virginia
> Park: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
> 2016 visits: 335,691
> 5-year change in visits: +0.3%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $16,577.20

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park marks several significant events in American history. It was here where John Brown’s abolitionist uprising against slavery ended. Harpers Ferry was also the spot of the largest surrender of Union troops during the Civil War. It was also the site of one of the first integrated schools in the United States..

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49. Wisconsin
> Park: Saint Croix National Scenic River
> 2016 visits: 354,129
> 5-year change in visits: +0.3%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $30,333.20

The St. Croix and Namekagon rivers combine to form the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offering more than 200 miles of water coursing through forested landscape. The first European visitors to the region were French fur traders who came to the St. Croix valley in the late 1600s and began interacting with the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes.

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50. Wyoming
> Park: Grand Teton National Park
> 2016 visits: 3,270,076
> 5-year change in visits: +0.3%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $597,290.50

There are few more breathtaking vistas than those at Grand Teton National Park. Those include views of verdant valley floors, mountain meadows, alpine lakes, and the soaring peaks of the Teton Range. Grand Teton National Park took decades to establish before Congress combined the original park, the national monument, and lands donated by philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to establish present-day Grand Teton National Park in 1950.