Top picks from Maine to Hawaii

With more than 6,000 state parks in the United States to choose from, a new analysis of reviews by Travel Lens has revealed the 10 “most beautiful” state parks in the country.

Travel Lens, an online travel publication, analyzed the total number of Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews – as well as how many times the words ‘beautiful’, ‘amazing’ and ‘interesting’ were mentioned in those reviews – the park’s Instagram popularity, and Google search data to compile a list of the “most pleasing aesthetics”.

Niagara Falls State Park in New York is considered the most Instagrammed state park, with over 3.5 million Instagram posts.

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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Michigan

An analysis of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park – Michigan’s largest state park – found that nearly 90% of reviews mentioned the word “beautiful,” earning it the title of the most beautiful US state park. Based on Google searches, the park has grown in popularity, up 112% in the last year, according to Travel Lens.

“As Michigan’s largest state park, this awe-inspiring landscape abounds in vastness and beauty,” the company said.

With roughly 60,000 acres and access to Lake Superior’s shoreline, the park features a 35,000-acre old-growth forest, roaring waterfalls, more than 90 miles of hiking trails, campgrounds and more.

Snowshoers walk along a downhill ski trail during a guided snowshoe hike at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on January 25, 2020.

Smugglers’ notch State Park – Vermont

An analysis of Smugglers’ Notch State Park in Vermont found that about 76% of reviews mentioned the park’s beauty.

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Soldiers climb a steep, ice-covered cliff at Smugglers Notch in Cambridge, Vt., Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999. The two-week Vermont National Guard Mountain Warfare School teaches soldiers how to survive the cold and deal with mountainous terrain.  they can meet in real world battles.

Grayson Highlands State Park – Virginia

Analysis of Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia found that about 65% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.

The homestead area at Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, pictured on October 9, 2008

Hocking Hills State Park – Ohio

Analysis of Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio found that about 62% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.

Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio.
Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in South Bloomingville, Ohio, April 17, 2016.
A group of visitors walk through Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in South Bloomingville, Ohio, on April 17, 2016.
A group pauses while visiting Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in South Bloomingville, Ohio, April 17, 2016.

Deception Pass State Park – Washington

An analysis of Deception Pass State Park in Washington found that about 61% of reviews mentioned the park’s beauty.

A couple embraces on North Beach and Deception Pass Bridge as a backdrop in Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Wash., February 14, 2015. Deception Pass, located about 80 miles from Seattle, is the name of the strait that divides.  Washington's Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island.
White water curs around Pass Island as small as Strawberry Island can be seen from Pass Pass Bridge in Pass Pass State Park, Whidbey Island, Wash., in this February 14, 2015 photo.

Brown County State Park – Indiana

Analysis of Brown County State Park in Indiana found that about 57% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.

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The tops of fall leaves are seen at Brown County State Park, Nashville, Ind., Nov. 6, 2017.

Franconia Notch State Park – New Hampshire

An analysis of Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire found that about 56% of reviews mentioned the park’s beauty.

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A volunteer crew works on New Hampshire's famous landmark, the Old Man of the Mountains, 1,200 feet above a valley in Franconia Notch, NH, in a July 14, 1997 file photo.  Seen from the opposite side of the commonly seen profile, climber David Nielsen, above, near the Old Man's cheekbones, and his wife Deborah Nielsen, below, apply epoxy to the cracks in the granite.  The outcropping in front of the upper ledge is our profile brow.
Tourists ride the tramway in Franconia Notch State Park as the fall leaves begin to change colors on October 4, 2013 in Franconia, NH Thousands of people come to New England to see the fall colors.

Waiʻanapanapa State Park – Hawaii

Waiʻānapanapa State Park, the main attraction on the road to Hana on the Hawaiian island of Maui, requires advance reservations and fees for entry and parking.

An analysis of Hawaii’s Waiʻānapanapa State Park found that about 55% of reviews spoke of the park’s beauty.

Eldorado Canyon State Park – Colorado

Analysis of Eldorado Canyon State Park in Colorado found that about 55% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.

Baxter State Park – Maine

Analysis of Baxter State Park in Maine found that about 55% of reviews mention the park’s beauty.

Day-hikers scramble over rocky boulders on the Appalachian Trail below the summit of Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park in Maine on August 7, 2015.
The East Branch of the Penobscot River flows through Pitch Pond in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, in northern Maine in this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo.  The 87,500-acre property in Maine consists of mountains, streams and ponds next to Baxter State Park, home to Mount Katahdin, the state's tallest mountain.
The first rays of sunlight color the clouds above Mount Katahdin in this view from Patten, Maine on August 7, 2017.

Camille Fine is a trending visuals producer on the USA TODAY NOW team.

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