Top picks from Maine to Hawaii

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.

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“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.

Snowshoers walk down a downhill ski slope during a guided snowshoe excursion in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on January 25, 2020.

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.

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A soldier climbs a steep, ice-covered cliff at Smugglers Notch in Cambridge, Virginia, Wednesday, January 20, 1999. The Vermont National Guard's two-week Mountain Warfare School teaches soldiers how to survive the cold and handle the mountainous terrain they can to meet in a real world war.

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.

The homestead area at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, pictured on October 9, 2008.

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.

Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio.
Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in South Bloomingville, Ohio, April 17, 2016.
A group of visitors walk through Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in South Bloomingville, Ohio, April 17, 2016.
A group pauses while visiting Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in South Bloomingville, Ohio, April 17, 2016.

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.

A couple embraces on North Beach with the Deception Pass Bridge as a backdrop in Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington, February 14, 2015. Deception Pass, located about 80 miles from Seattle, is the name of the strait that separates Whidbey Island in Washington from Fidalgo Island.
White water curves around Pass Island as tiny Strawberry Island can be seen from the Deception Pass Bridge in Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Washington, in this Feb. 14, 2015 photo.

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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Peak fall foliage is seen at Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana, November 6, 2017.

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.

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A crew of volunteers works on New Hampshire's famous landmark, the Old Man of the Mountains, 1,200 feet above the valley floor in Franconia Notch, NH, in a July 14, 1997 file photo.Viewed from the opposite side of the profile normally seen, the climbers David Nielsen, above, near the Old Man's cheekbone, and his wife, Deborah Nielsen, below, apply epoxy to cracks in the granite.  The outlet in front of the upper sill is the front of the profile.
Tourists ride the tram at Franconia Notch State Park as the fall leaves begin to change color on October 4, 2013 in Franconia, NH Thousands of people come to New England to see the fall colors.

Waiʻānapanapa State Park – Hawaii

Waiʻānapanapa State Park, a major attraction on the Road to Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui, requires advance reservations and entrance and parking fees.

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.

Day hikers climb boulders on the Appalachian Trail below the summit of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine on August 7, 2015.
The East Branch of the Penobscot River flows above Pond Pitch in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, in northern Maine in this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo. The 87,500-acre Maine property consists of mountains, streams and lakes next to Baxter State Park , home to Mount Katahdin, the state's tallest mountain.
The first rays of sunlight color the clouds above Mount Katahdin in this view from Patton, Maine on August 7, 2017.

Camille Fine is a current visual producer on the USA TODAY NOW team.

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