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Updated March 30, 2014

Infographic: National Park Statistics

Families can find a national park that’s right for them while saving money
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National Parks offer a mix of relaxation and stimulating adventure. From hiking, camping, climbing to diving, whale watching, and more, National Parks offer the chance for families to get away from it all with solitude and spectacular views.

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Infographics: National Parks
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Use the infographic above to help find the park that’s right for your family. National Parks don’t have huge admission fees, plus you can save money by camping or using your credit card rewards to help with your airfare or gas expenses.

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Big, Beautiful and Busy National Parks

The Great Smoky Mountains top the list at 9.5 million annual visitors, followed by the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain.

With the epic views also comes the bustling crowds, especially during peak season. However, at some of the parks, the crowds are spread out while enough so that you might not realize you’re in one of the top 10 most busy national parks.

Happy Campers

Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon tops the list with the most campers per year. All 3 tally over 1 million overnight stays each year.


Are you looking to enjoy the sun and surf? The U.S. National Park Service has designated miles and miles of coastline as protected national seashores including Cape Cod, Gulf Islands and Cape Hatteras.

History Buffs

Millions of visitors visit the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial each year. National historical parks, memorials and monuments provide insights into the nation’s past.

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Editor’s Note: Do not attempt to take an up-close photo of wildlife. The illustration of CreditDonkey mascot taking a photo is not to scale and for illustrative purposes only. Wildlife should always be treated with respect and you should avoid approaching or feeding them. When visiting a national park, please be aware of the risks and hazards.

(Research by Kelly; Graphic Design by Marco)

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