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