Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Now that we know 3.9 million people cranked into Yosemite last year, how does this stack up against the other National Parks? No, we are NOT #1. The busiest National Park is Great Smoky Mountains. They drew 9,463,538 to top them all. Why there? Well, it sits in the middle of easy driving for Easterners who can drop in and out for lunch, jacking up the numbers. So who is #2? Is it Yellowstone or Yosemite? Neither. Try Grand Canyon NP at 4,388,386. Surely we are #3 – Bingo, Gringo! Yosemite’s exact count was 3,901,408; 6 of those trips were me! To round out the top 10 National Parks we had:
Yellowstone NP 3,640,185
Rocky Mountain NP 2,955,821
Olympic NP 2,844,563
Grand Teton NP 2,669,374
Zion NP 2,665,972
Acadia NP 2,504,208
Cuyahoga Valley NP 2,492,670
In full disclosure, there were many smaller facilities under the control of the NPS that were sprinkled in between these sites, but I focused my monograph on only named “National Parks.” But let’s all cheer: We’re #3, We’re #3!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” -Charles Kuralt
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com*