Visitors to the country’s national parks in 2019. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park along the Tennessee–North Carolina border was the most popular, with 12.5 million visitors.
Total national parks in the US. The latest, White Sands in New Mexico, known for its immense dunes of glistening gypsum sand, was granted national park status in December 2019.
5.34 million hectares
Size of Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska, making it the largest national park in the US. Conversely, Missouri’s Gateway Arch National Park, one of the smallest, measures just 36.8 hectares.
Depth, below sea level, of Badwater Basin in California’s Death Valley National Park, making it the lowest point in all of North America.
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This article was originally published in the April 2020 issue of SilverKris magazine