While the National Park System is made up of 423 national sites, including parks, historic sites, monuments, seashores, and recreation areas, only 63 are officially designated as national parks. From the first, Yellowstone National Park, established in 1972, to the most recent, New River Gorge in 2020, the 63 parks have become celebrities in their own right, attracting millions of visitors every year.
And while some parks clearly have become more popular than others, knowing this can actually make for some unique traveling opportunities. Smaller crowds, better parking, and more time to explore are just a few reasons to visit some of the least visited parks in the system. Here are three you should not miss.
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