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Expedia Survey Reinforces Love for National Parks

You almost didn’t need a study to tell us that Americans love their National Park, but Expedia’s recent National Parks Index gives a few interesting nuggets of information.

Take a look at some of the numbers and see if you agree!

Expedia Survey Reinforces Love for National Parks

El Capitan at Yosemite National Park. Courtesy of member Patrick L.

What are your five favorite parks? Here’s what America said:

  1. Yellowstone (27 percent)
  2. Grand Canyon (20 percent)
  3. Great Smoky Mountains (18 percent)
  4. Rocky Mountains (16 percent)
  5. Yosemite (10 percent)

When is the last time you visited a National Park?

  • 50 percent of respondents have visited National Parks.
  • 38 percent have visited one in the last five years.
  • 32 percent have visited one in the past year.

Whether people have visited the parks or not, 76 percent of those surveyed seem to agree that they are among the country’s most “valuable and beautiful” features.

Another face for Mount Rushmore?

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And here’s our favorite question from the survey: If you could add someone to Mount Rushmore’s big four (Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington), who would it be?

Three names stood out:

  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (29 percent)
  2. John F. Kennedy (21 percent)
  3. Ronald Reagan (19 percent)

Don’t worry, there was a write-in portion for any famous person in history. Such a tough decision! Here’s how the top three responses ranked:

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. (11 percent)
  2. Benjamin Franklin (7 percent)
  3. Albert Einstein (3 percent)

This was just a fun question, it’s not actually happening discuss. So who do you think should be immortalized on Mount Rushmore?

With all this park talk and the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service coming up, we’re in the mood to do some traveling! Don’t forget, some are near Global Discovery Vacations destinations, so it’s the perfect reason to book a trip.

What do you think of the survey results? Share your thoughts on all things National Park below!


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