AAA Survey Shows Increased Interest Interest in National Parks

AAA Survey Shows Increased Interest in National Parks

National Parks are more popular than ever! According to a AAA study, 79% of Americans say they are as likely or more likely to visit a national park in the next 12 months, likely building on the momentum of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary next month.

The survey found that 85% of adults have visited at least one national park, and more than 70% say national parks are a "must-see" vacation destination. Even the nation's most sought-after demographic - Millennials - is expressing a greater interest in parks with 46% saying they are more likely to visit a national park in the next year, outpacing both Generation X and Baby Boomers.

“It’s not surprising to see that younger generations are particularly interested in visiting national parks,” said Bryan Shilling, managing director of AAA Travel Products and Services. “Travel is part of Millennials’ DNA, and they consistently seek experiential travel opportunities, a major draw for national park visitors.”

Major draws in national parks include walking or hiking trails, sightseeing, fishing, wildlife viewing, and swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.

The survey also found the majority of Americans (66%) typically stay in a hotel, motel or lodge when visiting a national park. Camping (41%), vacation rentals or cabins (38%), staying with friends and family (33%) and bed and breakfasts (27%) are also popular accommodation options.

Top "bucket list" parks are Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon.

“The demand for national parks is off the charts this year, and it’s exciting to see that Americans are poised to take even more national park vacations in the years to come,” said Shilling. “In times of global uncertainty, many people are turning to domestic vacations and the wide variety of national parks offer something for every traveler to discover.”

AAA surveyed 1,012 U.S. adults contacted via telephone from June 23 to 26.

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