Historic Site and National Park Statistics
Top Twenty Most Visited Historic Sites 2012
Park 2012 Rank 2012 Visitors 2011 Rank
Blue Ridge Parkway 1 15,205,059 1
Golden Gate NRA 2 14,540,338 2
Great Smoky Mountains NP 3 9,685,829 3
George Washington Memorial Parkway 4 7,425,577 5
Lake Mead NRA 5 6,285,439 6
Lincoln Memorial 6 6,191,361 7
Natchez Trace Parkway 7 5,560,668 8
Gateway NRA 8 5,043,863 4
Gulf Islands National Seashore 9 4,973,462 9
Delaware Water Gap NRA 10 4,970,802 10
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal NHP 11 4,712,377 17
Cape Cod National Seashore 12 4,441,290 11
Vietnam Veterans Memorial 13 4,424,407 14
Grand Canyon National Park 14 4,421,352 12
World War II Memorial 15 4,161,685 18
San Francisco Maritime NHP 16 4,129,983 13
Yosemite National Park 17 3,853,404 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 18 3,738,336 NR
Independence National Historic Park 19 3,594,549 20
Yellowstone National Park 20 3,447,729 22
Dropped Out of Top Twenty: Castle Clinton National Monument and
Statue of Liberty National Monument.

Source: National Park Service
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National Park Attendance Losers

Falling Back

Coronado National Memorial, Arizona, -36.2%
Gateway National Recreation Area, New York, - 34.5%

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas, -31.5%

LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac, Virginia, -44.8%
Mary McLeod Bethune Counsel House National Historic Site, DC, -63.4%
National Capitol Parks Central, DC, -31.8%

Navajo National Monument, Arizona, -33.4%
National Capitol Parks Central, DC, -31.8%
Pinnacles National Monument, California, -43.0%
Piscataway Park, Maryland, -31.8%
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York, -62.3%
War in the Pacific National Historic Park, Guam, -46.9%
Washington Monument, DC, -100.0%

Blue Ridge Parkway

Note: % Decrease recreation visits 2012 vs. 2011.
Jewel Cave National Monument reflects changes in counting procedures.  There were partial closings at Gateway NRA (Hurricane Sandy) and Sagamore Hill (renovations).  The Washington Monument was closed (earthquake damage).

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Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg

On the Rise

Adams National Historic Park, Massachusetts, +52.8%
Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland, +62.3%
Dinosauer National Monument, Colorado/Utah, +41.8%
Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York, +89.6%
Frederick Law Olmstead National Historic Site, Massachusetts, +116.0%
Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York, +109.3%
Homestead National Monument, Nebraska, +48.5%
Jewel Cave National Monument, Oregon, +41.7%
Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska, +157.3%
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, DC, +150.8%
New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, Louisiana, +36.4%
Noatak National Preserve, Alaska, +164.5%
North Cascades National Park, Washington, +40.2%
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park, Texas, +48.3%
Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Ohio, +50.6%
River Raisen National Battlefield Park, Michigan, +39.9%
Salt River Bay National Historic Park & Ecological Preserve, Alaska, +115.7%
Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee, +51.5%
Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee, +39.2%
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York, +174.3%
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama, +46.0%
Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, Alaska, +33.6%

Note: % Increase recreation visits 2012 vs. 2011.

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