There are 423 national park sites in the United States. They span across more than 84 million acres, with parks in each of the 50 states and extending into the outlying territories. Within this expansive system, there are 63 sites that include “National Park” as part of their proper name, including well-known places like Acadia, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Grand Canyon. There are national parks with record-setting waterfalls, national parks with rare flora and fauna, national parks with incredible biomes and topography, and national parks that bear witness to rare natural phenomena. There are national parks to fan and fuel the wanderlust of even the most curious and discerning explorer; today, we’re sharing 16 national parks in the U.S. that top the charts in terms of record-setting stats and extraordinary attractions.

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Have you explored any of these record-setting national parks? Our country is a big and beautiful place, and these parks represent some of the best, most breathtaking, and bucket-list-worthy adventures.

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The Grand Canyon is a bucket-list must for any adventurer, and the South Rim offers some truly extraordinary views. While this area of the Grand Canyon is busier than the North Rim, during the winter, the crowds thin and the cool, clear skies shine even brighter — especially at night! For more travel inspiration and to discover unique destinations across the USA, follow OnlyInYourState on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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