Are you planning a trip to one of America’s majestic national parks this year? Here are the top parks you won’t want to miss for genuinely stunning views!
Gateway Arch National Park
Missouri claims the gateway to the West, and its iconic arches lead the way. Gateway Arch National Park takes first place as the most Instagrammable national park in the country.
It’s a small national park. The arches rest on less than 100 acres and are nestled within Missouri’s gateway city, St. Louis.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah’s Bryce Canyon ranked in the top ten of overall Instagram hashtags but boasts the second-highest number of hashtags per acre.
The steep red cliffs make perfect backdrops for Instagram photo shoots.
Acadia National Park
Maine’s rocky beaches and granite peaks offer photographers fantastic photo shoots. Acadia National Park highlights the best of these, with nearly 50,000 acres of Maine wilderness to explore.
Zion National Park
Zions three wise men and Narrows offer a wide range of instagrammable shots. Photographers can showcase the vast wilderness with the distant mountains or highlight the sheer cliffs while hiking through the canyons of the Narrows.
Arches National Park
It’s no surprise that three of Utah’s impressive national parks take spots in the top five. The arches’ fantastic canyon views and rocky dunes make it a perfect place to stop and take photos.
Hot Springs National Park
Arkansas’s Hot Springs National Park is the perfect place to soak up sunny rays while enjoying the warm waters of a natural pool. The hot springs make a perfect backdrop for Instagram-worthy shots.
Hot Springs ties for 6th place with the next park on our list.
Haleakalā National Park
Maui reigns supreme as a top locale for romantic getaways, but the Island’s national park offers a different view. The barren mountain landscape in Haleakalā provides a stark contrast to the tropical paradise Maui is known for.
American Samoa National Park
You’ll have to travel quite a ways to explore the eighth-ranked park on our list, but it will be well worth the trip.
Based across the four islands making up America Samoa, the park features over 8,000 acres of wild land in the heart of the Pacific Islands.
Indiana Dunes National Park
A lesser-known National Park off the coast of Lake Michigan gives Instagrammers fantastic shots of sandy beaches.
Yosemite National Park
California’s iconic Yosemite National Park rounds out the top ten. The iconic half-dome mountain towers over the landscape, begging Instagrammers to take photos.
The travel information site Places To Travel examined Instagram hashtag data and the size of each US national park to find the one with the highest ‘hashtags per acre.’
The biased method gives smaller parks a distinct advantage, which is the likely reason we see places like Gateway rank so high.
However, the study does highlight some lesser known National Parks you may not have considered visiting. These parks feature fantastic views and fewer crowds, making them better options for your next vacation.
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