The Essentials

National Parks That Are the Least Visited

When you fantasize about a trip to one of the national parks, you don’t picture crowds.

Many of our most-visited national parks can often be nothing but crowds, such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. But there are some incredible national parks that get fewer than 100,000 visitors per year.

Surprisingly, our nation’s biggest national park, Alaska’s Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, is one of the least visited. Only 79,000 people visited the glaciers and the breathtaking Mount St. Elias.

Where are other parks off the beaten path?

Great Basin National Park in Nevada only gets 90,000 visitors per year, but offers stunning, clear views of the night sky.

In Washington state, go to North Cascades National Park, and experience the park with the most flora diversity of any national park.