8 Most Visited National Parks

The top 8 National Parks and just how long it takes to get there from here.

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When summer rolls around, we long to travel the open road, find a quiet place and set up a tent. But where to go?
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To help you decide, here are the 8 most visited National Parks and their distances from San Diego. Where will you be heading?
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8.Grand Teton National Park: 1000 miles or 15 to 16 hours drive from San Diego - Enjoy wildflower meadows, alpine lakes, glaciers, lakes, and premier outdoor recreation and relaxation. Driving directions courtesy Rand McNally here.
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Zion National Park
7. Zion National Park: 490 miles or 7 to 8 hour drive from San Diego - Striking rock towers and mesas, steep canyons and flowing water. Driving directions courtesy Rand McNally here.
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6. Olympic National Park: 1300 miles or 19 to 20 hour drive - High mountains with glaciers and flower-laden, sub-alpine meadows, deep river valleys draped in temperate rainforest, and wild, rugged Pacific coast. Driving directions courtesy Rand McNally here.
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5. Rocky Mountain National Park: 1100 miles or 16 to 17 hrs drive time from San Diego - The Continental Divide runs northwest to southeast through the center of the park atop the high peaks. Directions courtesy Rand McNally here
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4. Yellowstone National Park: 1100 miles or 16 to 17 hours drive time from San Diego - Bison, bears and Old Faithful – need we say more? Directions courtesy Rand McNally here
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3. Yosemite National Park: 430 miles or 7 to 8 hours drive time from San Diego - Half Dome, Glacier Point, spectacular views of waterfalls and granite peaks. Directions courtesy Rand McNally here
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2. Grand Canyon National Park: 500 miles or 8 to 9 hours drive time from San Diego - Both Northern and Southern Rims are open in summer. Directions courtesy Rand McNally heren
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1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Known as the "wildflower national park" and as home to the black bear (like these two near Laurel Falls.) To visit this park, we-thinks you should park the car and consider a flight since it's located in Tennessee and North Carolina.
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The list was compiled based on 2011 attendance by the National Park Service.
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