Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks were voted in the top three of all national parks in the country in a new USA Today poll.
Travel writers nominated 20 of the nation’s 59 national parks and opened them to voting by the public. Glacier came in second and Yellowstone third. The two parks were the highest ranked west of the Mississippi.
“Travelers from around the country know and love Montana’s natural wonders,” Montana Office of Tourism Administrator Jeri Duran said. “For both national parks within our borders to finish in the top three of a national poll is an honor.”
In 2013, 11 million tourists came to Montana adding more than $3.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to the office.
Acadia National Park along the coast of Maine took the top spot, with Yosemite National Park in California and Big Ben National Park in Texas rounding out the top five.
Travel writers Kay and David Scott, who chose the top 20, had a glowing review of Glacier.
“Covering more than one million acres, Glacier National Park in Montana has something for everyone. Hikers come to explore the 700-mile network of trails,” they wrote. “Road trippers and motorcyclists come to ride the curves of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and engineers come to marvel at it. The massive, snowy peaks of the Continental Divide hide azure alpine lakes, colorful patches of wildflowers and the occasional cascading waterfall.”
The writing duo also complimented Yellowstone.
“America’s first national park is also one of its most iconic,” the Scotts wrote. “Home to the world’s largest collection of geysers, including the famous Old Faithful, Yellowstone attracts some three million visitors a year to its bizarre geological formations and teeming wildlife, including bison, bear, bighorn sheep, trumpeter swans, moose, elk and river otter.”
To see the complete list of winners, visit 10best.com/awards/travel/best-national-park.