With international travel mostly canceled in 2020, Americans turned to exploring closer to home and soaking up nature and remote landscapes. Venturing out to national parks was perhaps the safest option to leave the house and travel while avoiding gatherings and enclosed spaces. According to the National Parks Service, national parks hosted over 237 million visitors last year. Fifteen of the 63 US national parks saw a record number of visitors in 2020, and five broke their personal record for tourist visits from 2019 even amid the pandemic.
“This past year has reminded us how important national parks and public lands are to overall well being. Throughout the country, national parks provided close-to-home opportunities for people to spend much needed time outdoors for their physical and psychological health,” said National Parks Service Deputy Director Shawn Benge. Although restrictions remained in place, such as wearing masks and physically distancing, Americans were eager to set out on a road trip. Here are the most-visited national parks in 2020.