Survey Celebrates National Park Centennial

Photo: Grand Canyon National Park © Dave Bredeson |

- March 23, 2016

A recent survey from AARP coincides with the National Park Service centennial to reveal the popularity of national parks with all generations.

According to the survey, 70 percent of all U.S. adults have visited a National Park, with 96 percent highly recommending the trip to others. The most popular park in the nation is Grand Canyon National Park. Visitors spend an average of 2.5 days at national parks, but how they spend their time is divided by age group. Baby boomers enjoy scenic drives, GenXers prefer museums and picnicking and Millennials enjoy wildlife observation. All generations listed hiking as one of their top park activities.

In addition to the survey, AARP is currently offering a sweepstakes for U.S. residents aged 45 and up. The two grand prizes are a 2016 Volvo V60 Cross Country and a trip for two on the AARP National Parks Tour with Collette Travel.

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