Nearly 312 million people visited national parks and memorials last year, up more than 5% over 2021.
Attendance at the most popular ten sites nearly accounted for a third of all foot traffic, according to the National Park Service.
Here is a list of the national parks and memorials that topped the list.
- Blue Ridge Parkway, 15.7 million
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 15.6 million
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 12.9 million
- Gateway National Recreation Area, 8.7 million
- Lincoln Memorial, 7.8 million
- George Washington Memorial Parkway, 7.4 million
- Natchez Trace Parkway, 6.5 million
- Gulf Islands National Seashore, 5.7 million
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 5.6 million
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 4.9 million
Popular parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone came in at numbers 20 and 25, respectively.
Weather causes problems at the parks
Yellowstone National Park may have ranked in the top 25 most visited, but catastrophic flooding forced one of the main entrances to the parks to close for four months.
On the morning of June 13, 2022, flooding and rockslides forced the closure of the main roadway near Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance.
Roads and bridges inside the United States' oldest national park were destroyed, as well as surrounding communities.
Engineers and workers with state and federal groups came together and worked seven days a week to clear debris and rebuild roads, eventually leading to the reopening in late October.
More recently, weather forced the closure of Yosemite National Park.
Park officials first closed Yosemite National Park at the end of February when a barrage of storm systems dumped over 15 feet of snow, overpowering crews working hard to remove snow and keep the national park open for visitors.