Oldest, newest, largest, smallest — a roundup of U.S. national park superlatives
National Park Service lands are as diverse as the visitors. You might be surprised which parks attract the biggest crowds or smallest number of visitors.
10,712, 674 visitors (2015)Great Smoky Mountains, located in North Carolina and Tennessee, is the most-visited U.S. national park. It still retains an enchanted quality, a place where emerald moss carpets boulders and a dreamy, “smoky” mist recalls the region’s Cherokee name, Shaconagay, which means “land of the blue smoke.” To read more about all of the 59 U.S. national parks, click here.David Davis Photoproductions RF/Alamy Stock Photo
NASA tried one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, but declared it dead on Feb. 13, 2019, 15 years after arriving at the Red Planet. The solar-powered rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades.