Which is the Best National Park?

Whether it’s for the trails, rivers, lakes, mountains or another attraction, public lands can be an amazing place to visit. We’ve featured many different national parks as part of our Mystery Destination Game but now we want to hear from you. Yes, your opinion counts. We want to know what you think is the best national park?

Seriously, we want to know what you think. Which is your favorite national park?

Do you have special memories of visiting Yellowstone National Park as a kid?

Yellowstone National Park
Photo by Frank Kovalchek

Do you have a favorite spot at Great Smoky Mountains National Park?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Photo by Miguel Vieira

Do you just love Yosemite National Park?

Yosemite National Park
Photo by Dhinal Chheda

Maybe you’ll never forget the Grand Canyon, hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, backpacking in Arches National Park, camping near Mount Rushmore or that stunning photo you took at Crater Lake National Park. We get it. We love these wide open spaces too. But which is your favorite?

Tell us in the comments below which is the best national park.



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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.

6 comments on “Which is the Best National Park?

  • While Yellowstone certainly is breathtaking, I wasn’t so keen on camping in such tight spaces. The crowds can get pretty overwhelming in the summer, and rightfully so. The place is that gorgeous and should be witnessed in person to appreciate it. My lasting memory from there was watching two wolves roam some open grasslands. So neat to experience wild dogs like that. Other favorite NP’s are the Badlands and Teddy Roosevelt NP for their vast solitude, Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains for their accessibility to such a large portion of the US. National Parks I hope to one day visit include Big Bend, Isle Royale and Crater Lake.

  • Zion National Park. It provides something for every visitor, challenges for every level of hiker and the opportunity to be miles from anyone or sitting next to a fellow traveler in one of the nearby eateries. From roughing it to relative luxury, Zion provides. In addition to all of that, the scenery is practically spiritual in scope. Zion is truly a place of refuge.

  • Shenandoah, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Glacier, Big Bend, and whichever national park turns out to be the next one we visit. Attempting to choose a best or favorite is an impossible task!!

  • My favorite is Glacier NP. Skip W. and E. Glacier and head directly to Two Medicine Lake. The trails are rustic, if you go early enough you will have great views of the 3 mountains all to yourself and you have the National Historic General Store where you can hang out. If there is one trail I recommend, it would be the Summit trail, only a quarter mile from the General Store. 3200ft vertical in ONLY 4.5 miles to the summit. If you follow it the whole 12 miles, you will go into E. Glacier and 3200 vertical down, a killer on the knees!

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