Au Naturel

Americans have rediscovered their natural treasures — national parks. According to the
National Park Service (NPS), more than 276 million outdoor enthusiasts visited
NPS-administered sites in 2004 — a healthy 10 million-visit increase over 2003.

National Park, in Montana, registered the largest traffic increase, with 22 percent more
visits than in 2003, followed closely by the Los Angeles-adjacent Santa Monica Mountains
National Recreation Area.

Here are the top 10 most-visited units of the NPS (with number of
recreational visits in parentheses):


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