America's most popular national parks
It's Day 2 of summer. If you don't have vacation plans yet, you're behind. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. Visit one of America's 58 national parks. They encompass some of the country's best natural sights, including Alaska's pristine wilderness, Yellowstone's hot springs, Utah's rock formations and Hawaii's volcanoes. As a starting point for your vacation planning, here's a look at the 10 most-visited in 2011.
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Visitors in 2009 (through August): 2.4 million
Olympic National Park is 95% wilderness, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers. The park offers beaches, rain forests, glaciers and miles of hiking trails. Several lodges, resorts and campgrounds cater to overnight visitors. Make sure you check the weather before your visit. Parts of the park get as much as 12 feet of rain a year.
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Pictured: An alpine lake in Seven Lakes Basin.