With more than 6,000 state parks across the United States to choose from, a new analysis of reviews by Travel Lens has revealed its top 10 “most beautiful” state parks in the country.
Travel Lens, an online travel publication, analyzed the total numbers of Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews – as well as the number of times the words ‘beautiful’, ‘stunning’, and ‘breathtaking’ were mentioned in those reviews – a park’s Instagram popularity, and Google search data to compile a list of the “most aesthetically pleasing” parks.
Niagara Falls State Park in New York was deemed the most Instagrammed state park, with more than 3.5 million Instagram posts.
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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Michigan
The analysis of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Michigan’s largest state park – found that nearly 90% of reviews mention the word “beautiful,” earning it the title of most beautiful U.S. state park. Based on Google searches, the park has increased the most in popularity, up 112% in the last year, according to Travel Lens.
“As Michigan’s largest state park, this awe-inspiring landscape is plentiful in terms of area and beauty,” the company said.
With roughly 60,000 acres and access to Lake Superior’s shoreline, the park features a 35,000-acre old-growth forest, roaring waterfalls, more than 90 miles of hiking trails, campgrounds and more.
Smugglers’ Notch State Park – Vermont
The analysis of Smugglers’ Notch State Park in Vermont found that about 76% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Grayson Highlands State Park – Virginia
The analysis of Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia found that about 65% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Hocking Hills State Park – Ohio
The analysis of Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio found that about 62% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Deception Pass State Park – Washington
The analysis of Deception Pass State Park in Washington found that about 61% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Brown County State Park – Indiana
The analysis of Brown County State Park in Indiana found that about 57% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
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Franconia Notch State Park – New Hampshire
The analysis of Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire found that about 56% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Waiʻānapanapa State Park – Hawaii
The analysis of Waiʻānapanapa State Park in Hawaii found that about 55% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Eldorado Canyon State Park – Colorado
The analysis of Eldorado Canyon State Park in Colorado found that about 55% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Baxter State Park – Maine
The analysis of Baxter State Park in Maine found that about 55% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.
Camille Fine is a trending visual producer on USA TODAY’s NOW team.
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