Social Media Reveals the 10 Most Picturesque National Parks in America

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What’s the point of traveling without capturing the perfect “Insta’ pic?” Scenic destinations such as the Grand Canyon likely come to mind as being the most visited and photographed places, but the national park in the U.S. with the most hashtags per acre is Gateway Arch National Park.

“New Twist” on the Most Instagrammable National Parks in America

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A recent study by Places to Travel researched the ten most tagged national parks on Instagram and divided those tags by the total acres of each park to get a data point. The data suggests which national parks are the “most picturesque” per acre.

A spokesperson for Places To Travel commented on the findings saying, “Social media continues to play a pivotal role in where we decide to travel to for vacation or for a weekend trip, with many social media users taking to their favorite platform to see the best beauty spots at their chosen destination.

This study provides a great insight into which locations are the most photogenic and can guarantee visitors the ‘perfect Insta pic.'”

1. Gateway Arch National Park – Missouri

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Considering the park’s overall size, Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis comes first. The reasoning is that sitting on a little over 90 acres and having over 11,000 tags on Instagram means the likelihood of capturing an epic sharable image, free of crowds, is high.

The iconic arch is 630 feet tall and is the tallest monument in the U.S. That alone guarantees remarkable landscape images. Seeing the arch once should be on every national park lover’s bucket list.

2. Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah

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Famous for its hoodoos and breathtaking red rock scenic vistas, Bryce Canyon comes in second place. With over 700,000 hashtags and almost 36,000 acres of wide-open spaces, visitors can likely get the perfect picture while visiting.

There are miles of trails and roads to explore. If visitors only have one day, they should do the iconic drive to all the overlook vistas.

3. Acadia National Park – Maine

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Acadia makes the list for third place. Encompassing roughly 49,000 acres with over 500,000 tags online, outdoor lovers can enjoy the area’s beauty by touring the park’s famous beaches and peaks. Summer and fall are magical times of year for adventures in this protected national treasure.

4. Zion National Park – Utah

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Coming in fourth place is Zion National Park. Millions of visitors flock here to hike, camp, canyoneer, and see the famous towering cliffs. Zion encompasses over 148,000 acres, and over 1.4 million people have tagged the park on Instagram.

If hiking Angels Landing is on your bucket list, don’t forget a permit.

5. Arches National Park – Utah

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Another cherished national park in Utah, Arches, is where to make and capture lasting digital memories. The park is over 76,000 acres and has over 669,000 tags online.

Drive the scenic route and hike to one of the most prized sandstone landmarks in the nation – Delicate Arch.

6. Hot Springs National Park – Arkansas

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You’re missing out if you haven’t been to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas yet. Upon visiting Bathhouse Row, visitors are greeted by a vibrant historic downtown. Besides the option to soak in two historic bathhouses, there is plenty of hiking, camping, and sightseeing. Be sure to bring a bottle to try the healing waters – you can fill it up yourself.

Hot Springs National Park manages over five thousand acres and has 47,000 tags and counting on Instagram.

Hot Springs National Park is pet-friendly, so tag your furry loved — #barkranger.

7. Haleakalā National Park – Hawaii

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As Maui weighs heavily on the hearts of America and the world, Haleakala is another park that makes the list. The sunsets are like no other, and the trails are epic if backcountry hikes are your thing.

Haleakalā encompasses around 34,000 protected acres and has over 261,000 tags on the ‘gram.

8. National Park of American Samoa

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Visitors to American Samoa must fly to access this cultural gem in the South Pacific. Located on the island of Tutuila, tourists can catch a flight from Honolulu twice a week to access the protected landscape.

The park protects over eight thousand acres and has under 60,000 social media tags.

9. Indiana Dunes National Park – Indiana

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With over 50 miles of trails wandering through the dunes along Lake Michigan, mid-westerners return year after year to camp and enjoy the area. Though the park is smaller, on 15,000 acres, over 90,000 people and counting continue to share their adventures of Indiana Dunes online.

10. Yosemite National Park – California

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Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, waterfalls and spectacular views around every corner are what visitors anticipate before visiting their first time. Hiking, camping, and backpacking are cherished activities in the park. And if you’re lucky, you can catch golden hour light-up Horsetail Fall near El Capitan.

Yosemite protects over 748,000 acres and has 3.4 million tags on Instagram.

FOMO is Real and Driving the Data

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The fear of missing out (#FOMO) on epic travel destinations is legitimate. So real that millions of people tag their favorite travel destinations for the perfect Insta’ pic to share with their friends, family, and followers.

In today’s culture, if it’s not on someone’s Instagram feed – did they even go? The hype of “doing it for the ‘gram” is so real that people are making a living sharing their epic travel destinations around the world.

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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.

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