While Yellowstone National Park is not the most visited National Park in the United States (that award goes to the Great Smoky Mountains), it is still booming despite it’s somewhat isolated location.
More than 2.5 million people visited Yellowstone National Park over the June, July and August summer season. Summer technically ends on September 22, but I’m not sure they’re counting September’s traffic. Summer attendance is up by more than 200,000 compared with the summer of 2009. Nearly 3.3 million people visited the park during all of 2009… it’s likely that record will be broken too.
Part of the surge in attendance could be attributed to the free attendance days put on by the NPS several times this summer. A park spokesman also said that Wyoming and Montana beefed up their tourism advertising budgets.
Yellowstone is home to some of America’s most beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Visiting a National Park is a great way to vacation on the cheap, especially if you’re into camping — then you don’t have to spend money on a hotel.