Largest National Parks in the Continental United States
These are the largest national parks located in the Continental United States, meaning the lower 48 states excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Alaska is technically part of the continent of North America but is not included because it is not connected to any other state.
Each of the national parks listed here is at least 750,000 acres in size. All of these national parks are well known and are big tourist attractions that receive millions of visitors combined every year and most allow the local lodges, hotels, motels and campsites in their areas to thrive.
1) Death Valley - 3.4 million acres
Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the United States that is not located in Alaska at a massive 3.4 million acres. Death Valley was named a national monument in 1933 and then became a national park in 1994. Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America but is also a very beautiful place full of mountains, valleys, sand dunes and colorful badlands. There is even a castle that is open to the public and is a big visitor attraction located in Death Valley called Scotty's Castle.
2) Yellowstone - 2.2 million
Yellowstone is 2.2 million acres large and full of incredible natural wonders like geysers, beautifully colored hot springs, canyons, waterfalls, mountains, wolves, grizzly bears, bison and elk. Yellowstone is one of the crown jewels in the national park system and is a huge tourist attraction that draws some 2.5 million tourists and visitor per year.
3) Everglades - 1.5 million
Image Source (Florida panther in the Everglades)
Everglades National Park is 1.5 million acres large located in southern Florida. The Everglades contains an impressive amount of wildlife including over 350 species of birds, 300 species of fish, 50 species of reptiles and 40 species of mammals including many endangered species like the Florida panther, American crocodile and the West Indian manatee. The Everglades draws around 1 million visitors per year.
4) Grand Canyon - 1.2 million
The Grand Canyon is 1.2 million acres large which makes it the 4th largest national park in the Continental United States. Some 5 million people a year visit the Grand Canyon which often overflows the lodges, cabins and campsites available in the park so tourists often have to stay in the hotels and motels located outside the park. The Grand Canyon is a great natural wonder that is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World.
5) Glacier - 1 million
Glacier National Park is 1 million acres large located in northwestern Montana on the border with Canada. Glacier National Park is a spectacularly beautiful place full of glaciers, mountains, lakes and valleys which visitors can see by driving the Going-to-the-Sun road through the park. There are a number of great hotels and lodges located in and around the park to accommodate overnight tourists.
6) Olympic - 923,000 acres
Olympic National Park is 923,000 acres large and located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwester Washington in the Pacific Northwest. Olympic National Park is a wonderland that contains Pacific coastline, mountains including Mount Olympus and a number of rainforests. There are plenty of hotels, lodges, motels, cabins and campsites located in and around the park to accommodate visitors.
7) Big Bend - 801,000 acres
Big Bend National Park is located in southwestern Texas along the Rio Grande River and the border with Mexico. Located in the Chihuahuan Desert the park contains impressive canyons, mountains and valleys and Big Bend is beautiful anytime of the year but especially comes to life after a rainfall. There are lodges, resorts, motels, ranches and campsites in and around the park to accommodate visitors.
8) Yosemite - 760,000 acres
At 760,000 acres Yosemite is the last of the Continental National Parks that are over 750,000 acres in size. Yosemite is a magical place full of granite cliffs, waterfalls, gorgeous valleys and some of the best scenery on the planet. The only problem with the park is that 4 million people a year visit and most come in the summer when Yosemite can get a bit crowded. There is lodging and hotels available in the park as well as many campsites but the place can still get filled up with tourists.
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