McBride Bay is located in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, and was named the most underrated national park in the United States by ParkSleepFly.
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Since Covid-19 first made social distancing a thing, Americans hoping to get rid of the blockade, boredom and work from home isolation have been searching in 63 national parks and hundreds of national monuments, reserves and other federally protected locations in the country Open space. In historic droves.
Ironically, popular destinations such as Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco and Acadia National Park along the coast of Maine have become so crowded that the National Park Service had to advance certain areas and attractions. Booking.
For example, as of August, Arcadia has attracted 71.38% more visitors this year than last year, and received approximately 802,926 visitors in the month alone. In response, the Park Service established a reservation system for motorists who want to drive up Cadillac Mountain, which is arguably the park’s top attraction.
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The annual increase in tourists is not only due to last year’s tourism downturn. For example, according to the Park Service, there were approximately 752,114 recreational visitors in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming in June. Although this is an increase of 61% over June 2020, it is also an increase of 20% over June 2019—and a record high for the month.
Larger crowds and restricted access have eroded the open appeal of attracting visitors to the park. However, although if you visit Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, you may meet more people than you want, there are still several wonderful national parks that have not been visited yet.
Which parks should be packed? The travel website ParkSleepFly has compiled a list of the US national parks that it calls the most “underrated” and “overrated”, which means that the parks are highly rated by tourists but attract fewer people, or-the opposite —-Attracted a large number of people but got a low score.
The website achieves this goal by analyzing and comparing visitor review data from Tripadvisor with official visitor numbers in 2020 (parks with fewer than 1 million and more than 1 million visitors per year).
Martin Jones, CEO of ParkSleepFly, said that it’s not surprising that tourists flood into America’s breathtaking national parks.
“However, there are some particularly beautiful places in the’underrated’ national parks,” he added. “The tranquility of an unspoiled place provides a unique experience and an opportunity to truly appreciate the magnificent scenery and get away from the hustle and bustle.”
The number one national park on the ParkSleepFly list is Glacier Bay. Located in southeastern Alaska, the park had only 5,748 visitors last year, even though 92.9% of Tripadvisors rated it as “excellent.” Its relatively remote location relative to the lower 48 states may be the culprit.
Some other so-called underrated parks are also located in remote places or far from the planes of the continental United States. These include Kenai Fjords in second place, also in Alaska, and Dry Tortoise Island, a remote island chain west of Key West, Florida, tied for seventh place, and Haleakala on Maui, Hawaii.
When it comes to overrated national parks (basically worthy of a “like” by Tripadvisor reviewers), the Indiana Dunes in Indiana ranks first. Although it attracted nearly 2.3 million visitors in 2020, only 51% of the park’s Tripadvisor reviews were excellent.
In the bottom five are Cuyahoga Valley in eastern Ohio; hot springs in Arkansas; Yosemite, located in central California; and Zion in Utah-all very popular in terms of tourist numbers.