The Most Popular National Park in Every State

Print Email

Source: Thinkstock

21. Massachusetts
> Park: Boston National Historical Park
> 2016 visits: 2,594,495
> 5-year change in visits: 0.0%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $151,696.40

Few places stir patriotic pride as much as Boston. The 43 acres devoted to Boston National Historical Park represent some of the most special places in American history — Old North Church, USS Constitution, site of the Boston Tea Party, and Bunker Hill Monument.

Source: Thinkstock

22. Michigan
> Park: Isle Royale National Park
> 2016 visits: 24,966
> 5-year change in visits: +0.6%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $5,600.70

A lonely island surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale is paradise for aquatics enthusiasts. Isle Royale, established as a national park in 1940, provides scenic views for backpackers, hikers, boaters, and scuba divers right underneath Michigan’s border with Canada.

Source: Frank Kennedy MN / Shutterstock.com

23. Minnesota
> Park: Voyageurs National Park
> 2016 visits: 241,912
> 5-year change in visits: +0.4%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $19,780.20

Voyageurs National Park is a boater’s nirvana, as you might expect from the state that claims to have 10,000 lakes. The park spans 44 square miles of navigable waters for boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Voyageurs sits on the U.S.-Canadian border and is the only national park in Minnesota.

Source: National Park Service

24. Mississippi
> Park: Natchez National Historical Park
> 2016 visits: 204,120
> 5-year change in visits: 0.0%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $11,934.60

The small town of Natchez, Mississippi is home to its own national historical park. The park was created to protect the sites of peoples of Natchez and its surrounding area, from its earliest inhabitants to people in the modern era. The name “Natchez” is the name of the Native American people who inhabited the area

Source: amolson7 / Shutterstock.com

25. Missouri
> Park: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
> 2016 visits: 1,271,855
> 5-year change in visits: -0.4%
> 2016 visitor spending (in thousands): $127,061.70

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis is a national park famous for its 630-foot arch designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen that symbolizes the pathway to the west. The park was created to commemorate Thomas Jefferson’s role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped define its history, and to Dred Scott, the escaped slave who sued for his freedom in the city’s courthouse.