Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks

Unless you've been living in a cave (and I won't judge!) you know by now it's the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System this year.  With 2016 quickly coming to a close, I wanted to share two really neat infographics with you guys regarding the parks in our country.  

This first one shows all the National Parks in the country plus their locations and the number of annual visitors.  Some of these parks I haven't heard about before.  Yes, even someone who hikes for a living can't name all the national parks!  This second graphic may be of more interest to many of you guys because it shows the most and least visited parks. 

Is it surprising to see the Smokies has more visitors than the second, third, and fourth most popular parks combined? As a Centennial Ambassador for the NPS this year I've been doing many, MANY social media posts trying to encourage people to get out and find their favorite outdoor spaces and I can definitely tell  you we've seen SO MANY VISITORS in the Smokies this year.  

Thanks to Cotopaxi for sharing these graphics with me! (not an affiliate link or an ad!)

Have you visited any national parks this year for the centennial? What is your favorite place to visit?  Would you consider visiting some of the more remote and less crowded parks?