(STACKER/WFXR) — Approximately 237 million people visited American national parks in 2020, representing a 28% year-over-year decrease attributed to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many parks were forced to close to combat the spread of the virus, but that’s not the whole story—when the parks were open, many of them saw record crowds as throngs of people desperate to safely enjoy nature descended onto parks when they reopened.

President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 signed the act creating the National Park Service to leave natural and historic phenomena “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Since then, our national parks have welcomed visitors from around the world to experience some of the best the country has to offer and showcase the country’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Today, the country’s 63 national parks contain at least 247 species of endangered or threatened plants and animals, more than 75,000 archaeological sites, and 18,000 miles of trails.

Stacker compiled a list of the closest national parks to southwest and central Virginia. National parks are listed based on closest straight line distance, measured from representative points in the Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Blacksburg metro areas and each national park.

Estimated driving times are from Here and are only available within the lower 48 states. All featured distances and driving times are estimated using representative locations from the center of each metro and national park—for some places within the metro area, the actual distance may be slightly shorter or longer to reach the closest entryway to a park.

Be sure to check with individual parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

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#1. New River Gorge National Park (West Virginia)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 82 miles
— From Lynchburg: 113 miles
— From Blacksburg: 71 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 2.4 hours
— From Lynchburg: 3.3 hours
— From Blacksburg: 2.1 hours
– Date founded: Dec. 27, 2020
– 2020 visitors: 1,054,374 (#19 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 7,021 acres

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#2. Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 122 miles
— From Lynchburg: 93 miles
— From Blacksburg: 155 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 2.8 hours
— From Lynchburg: 2.2 hours
— From Blacksburg: 3.3 hours
– Date founded: Dec. 26, 1935
– 2020 visitors: 1,666,265 (#14 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 199,223.77 acres

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#3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina, Tennessee)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 228 miles
— From Lynchburg: 267 miles
— From Blacksburg: 193 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 4.2 hours
— From Lynchburg: 5.2 hours
— From Blacksburg: 3.6 hours
– Date founded: June 15, 1934
– 2020 visitors: 12,095,720 (#1 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 522,426.88 acres

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#4. Congaree National Park (South Carolina)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 246 miles
— From Lynchburg: 262 miles
— From Blacksburg: 231 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 5.3 hours
— From Lynchburg: 5.6 hours
— From Blacksburg: 4.7 hours
– Date founded: Nov. 10, 2003
– 2020 visitors: 119,306 (#51 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 26,476.47 acres

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#5. Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 286 miles
— From Lynchburg: 295 miles
— From Blacksburg: 289 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 6.4 hours
— From Lynchburg: 7.4 hours
— From Blacksburg: 6 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 11, 2000
– 2020 visitors: 2,755,628 (#7 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 32,571.88 acres

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#6. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 339 miles
— From Lynchburg: 379 miles
— From Blacksburg: 306 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 7.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 8.5 hours
— From Blacksburg: 6.9 hours
– Date founded: July 1, 1941
– 2020 visitors: 290,392 (#41 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 54,011.91 acres

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#7. Indiana Dunes National Park (Indiana)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 485 miles
— From Lynchburg: 512 miles
— From Blacksburg: 467 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 10.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 11.8 hours
— From Blacksburg: 10.1 hours
– Date founded: Feb. 15, 2019
– 2020 visitors: 2,293,106 (#11 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 15,349.08 acres

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#8. Gateway Arch National Park (Missouri)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 567 miles
— From Lynchburg: 605 miles
— From Blacksburg: 536 hours
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 10.4 hours
— From Lynchburg: 11.4 hours
— From Blacksburg: 10 hours
– Date founded: Feb. 22, 2018
– 2020 visitors: 486,021 (#31 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 192.83 acres

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#9. Hot Springs National Park (Arkansas)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 759 miles
— From Lynchburg: 799 miles
— From Blacksburg: 724 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 12.4 hours
— From Lynchburg: 13.4 hours
— From Blacksburg: 11.8 hours
– Date founded: March 4, 1921
– 2020 visitors: 1,348,215 (#16 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 5,554.15 acres

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#10. Acadia National Park (Maine)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 784 miles
— From Lynchburg: 750 miles
— From Blacksburg: 816 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 15.7 hours
— From Lynchburg: 15.5 hours
— From Blacksburg: 16.2 hours
– Date founded: Feb. 26, 1919
– 2020 visitors: 2,669,034 (#8 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 49,076.63 acres

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#11. Biscayne National Park (Florida)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 802 miles
— From Lynchburg: 809 miles
— From Blacksburg: 791 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 14.2 hours
— From Lynchburg: 14.3 hours
— From Blacksburg: 13.6 hours
– Date founded: June 28, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 402,770 (#36 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 172,971.11 acres

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#12. Everglades National Park (Florida)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 826 miles
— From Lynchburg: 836 miles
— From Blacksburg: 813 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 15.2 hours
— From Lynchburg: 15.3 hours
— From Blacksburg: 14.5 hours
– Date founded: May 30, 1934
– 2020 visitors: 702,319 (#25 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 1,508,938.57 acres

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#13. Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 864 miles
— From Lynchburg: 879 miles
— From Blacksburg: 859 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 18.6 hours
— From Lynchburg: 19.7 hours
— From Blacksburg: 18.3 hours
– Date founded: April 3, 1940
– 2020 visitors: 6,493 (#59 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 571,790.30 acres

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#14. Dry Tortugas National Park (Florida)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 889 miles
— From Lynchburg: 904 miles
— From Blacksburg: 871 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 17.2 hours
— From Lynchburg: 17.4 hours
— From Blacksburg: 16.6 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 26, 1992
– 2020 visitors: 48,543 (#55 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 64,701.22 acres

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#15. Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,012 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,032 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,002 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 20.8 hours
— From Lynchburg: 21.8 hours
— From Blacksburg: 20.4 hours
– Date founded: April 8, 1975
– 2020 visitors: 263,091 (#44 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 218,222.35 acres

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#16. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,264 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,297 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,239 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 23.6 hours
— From Lynchburg: 24.6 hours
— From Blacksburg: 23.2 hours
– Date founded: Nov. 10, 1978
– 2020 visitors: 916,932 (#21 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 242,755.94 acres

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#17. Wind Cave National Park (South Dakota)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,309 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,343 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,284 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 24.9 hours
— From Lynchburg: 25.9 hours
— From Blacksburg: 24.6 hours
– Date founded: Jan. 9, 1903
– 2020 visitors: 448,405 (#33 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 33,970.84 acres

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#18. Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,372 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,402 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,352 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 25.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 26.6 hours
— From Blacksburg: 25.1 hours
– Date founded: Nov. 10, 1978
– 2020 visitors: 551,303 (#28 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 70,446.89 acres

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#19. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,394 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,431 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,365 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 23.8 hours
— From Lynchburg: 24.8 hours
— From Blacksburg: 23.4 hours
– Date founded: Jan. 26, 1915
– 2020 visitors: 3,305,199 (#4 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 265,807.25 acres

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#20. Great Sand Dunes National Park (Colorado)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,400 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,439 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,369 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 25 hours
— From Lynchburg: 26.3 hours
— From Blacksburg: 24.8 hours
– Date founded: Sept. 24, 2004
– 2020 visitors: 461,532 (#32 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 107,341.87 acres

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#21. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,433 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,474 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,398 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 23.9 hours
— From Lynchburg: 25 hours
— From Blacksburg: 23.2 hours
– Date founded: May 14, 1930
– 2020 visitors: 183,835 (#45 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 46,766.45 acres

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#22. Big Bend National Park (Texas)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,453 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,494 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,418 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 26.8 hours
— From Lynchburg: 27.9 hours
— From Blacksburg: 26.1 hours
– Date founded: June 12, 1944
– 2020 visitors: 393,907 (#37 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 801,163.21 acres

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#23. Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Texas)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,463 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,504 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,428 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 25 hours
— From Lynchburg: 26.1 hours
— From Blacksburg: 24.3 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 15, 1966
– 2020 visitors: 151,256 (#49 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 86,367.10 acres

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#24. White Sands National Park (New Mexico)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,514 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,554 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,479 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 25.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 26.5 hours
— From Blacksburg: 24.9 hours
– Date founded: Dec. 20, 2019
– 2020 visitors: 415,383 (#34 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 146,344.31 acres

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#25. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (Colorado)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,514 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,552 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,483 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 27.3 hours
— From Lynchburg: 28.3 hours
— From Blacksburg: 26.9 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 21, 1999
– 2020 visitors: 341,620 (#39 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 30,779.83 acres

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#26. Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,568 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,607 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,536 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 28.4 hours
— From Lynchburg: 29.5 hours
— From Blacksburg: 27.8 hours
– Date founded: June 29, 1906
– 2020 visitors: 287,477 (#42 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 52,485.17 acres

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#27. Virgin Islands National Park (U.S. Virgin Islands)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,599 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,578 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,612 miles
– Date founded: Aug. 2, 1956
– 2020 visitors: 167,540 (#46 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 15,052.53 acres

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#28. Arches National Park (Utah)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,613 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,651 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,582 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 28 hours
— From Lynchburg: 29 hours
— From Blacksburg: 27.6 hours
– Date founded: Nov. 12, 1971
– 2020 visitors: 1,238,083 (#17 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 76,678.98 acres

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#29. Canyonlands National Park (Utah)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,636 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1.674 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,605 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 35 hours
— From Lynchburg: 36 hours
— From Blacksburg: 34.4 hours
– Date founded: Sept. 12, 1964
– 2020 visitors: 493,914 (#30 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 337,597.83 acres

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#30. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,665 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,698 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,641 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 30.7 hours
— From Lynchburg: 31.8 hours
— From Blacksburg: 30.3 hours
– Date founded: March 1, 1872
– 2020 visitors: 3,806,306 (#2 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 2,219,790.71 acres

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#31. Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,668 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,707 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,635 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 26.7 hours
— From Lynchburg: 27.8 hours
— From Blacksburg: 26.1 hours
– Date founded: Dec. 9, 1962
– 2020 visitors: 384,483 (#38 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 221,390.21 acres

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#32. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,674 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,708 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,648 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 29.7 hours
— From Lynchburg: 30.8 hours
— From Blacksburg: 29.3 hours
– Date founded: Feb. 26, 1929
– 2020 visitors: 3,289,638 (#5 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 310,044.36 acres

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#33. Capitol Reef National Park (Utah)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,703 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,741 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,672 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 29.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 30.5 hours
— From Blacksburg: 29.1 hours
– Date founded: Dec. 18, 1971
– 2020 visitors: 981,038 (#20 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 241,904.50 acres

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#34. Bryce Canyon National Park (Utah)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,764 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,803 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,733 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 31.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 32.5 hours
— From Blacksburg: 31.4 hours
– Date founded: Feb. 25, 1928
– 2020 visitors: 1,464,655 (#15 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 35,835.08 acres

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#35. Saguaro National Park (Arizona)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,764 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,805 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,730 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 29.9 hours
— From Lynchburg: 31 hours
— From Blacksburg: 29.2 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 14, 1994
– 2020 visitors: 762,226 (#24 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 92,867.42 acres

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#36. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,782 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,821 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,749 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 30.2 hours
— From Lynchburg: 31.3 hours
— From Blacksburg: 29.6 hours
– Date founded: Feb. 26, 1919
– 2020 visitors: 2,897,098 (#6 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 1,201,647.03 acres

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#37. Zion National Park (Utah)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,814 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,853 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,783 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 32 hours
— From Lynchburg: 33 hours
— From Blacksburg: 31.9 hours
– Date founded: Nov. 19, 1919
– 2020 visitors: 3,591,254 (#3 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 147,242.66 acres

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#38. Great Basin National Park (Nevada)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 1,864 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,902 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,834 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 32 hours
— From Lynchburg: 33.1 hours
— From Blacksburg: 31.6 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 27, 1986
– 2020 visitors: 120,248 (#50 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 77,180.00 acres

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#39. Glacier National Park (Montana)

– Distance: 1,878 miles
— From Roanoke: 1,878 miles
— From Lynchburg: 1,907 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,857 miles
– Date founded: May 11, 1910
– 2020 visitors: 1,698,864 (#13 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 1,013,125.99 acres

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#40. Joshua Tree National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,028 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,068 miles
— From Blacksburg: 1,995 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 33.9 hours
— From Lynchburg: 35 hours
— From Blacksburg: 33.3 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 31, 1994
– 2020 visitors: 2,399,542 (#10 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 795,155.85 acres

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#41. Death Valley National Park (California, Nevada)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,034 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,073 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,003 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 34.4 hours
— From Lynchburg: 35.4 hours
— From Blacksburg: 33.8 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 31, 1994
– 2020 visitors: 820,023 (#22 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 3,408,406.73 acres

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#42. Kings Canyon National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,119 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,158 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,088 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 41.2 hours
— From Lynchburg: 42.2 hours
— From Blacksburg: 40.6 hours
– Date founded: March 4, 1940
– 2020 visitors: 415,077 (#35 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 461,901.20 acres

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#43. Sequoia National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,132 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,170 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,101 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 39.9 hours
— From Lynchburg: 41 hours
— From Blacksburg: 39.3 hours
– Date founded: Sept. 25, 1890
– 2020 visitors: 796,086 (#23 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 404,062.63 acres

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#44. Yosemite National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,155 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,193 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,125 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 40.1 hours
— From Lynchburg: 41.2 hours
— From Blacksburg: 39.5 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 1, 1890
– 2020 visitors: 2,268,313 (#12 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 761,747.50 acres

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#45. North Cascades National Park (Washington)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,202 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,232 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,181 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 42.6 hours
— From Lynchburg: 43.7 hours
— From Blacksburg: 42.2 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 2, 1968
– 2020 visitors: 30,885 (#56 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 504,780.94 acres

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#46. Channel Islands National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,217 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,256 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,184 miles
– Date founded: March 5, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 167,290 (#47 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 249,561.00 acres

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#47. Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,220 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,251 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,196 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 41.1 hours
— From Lynchburg: 42.1 hours
— From Blacksburg: 40.8 hours
– Date founded: March 2, 1899
– 2020 visitors: 1,160,754 (#18 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 236,381.64 acres

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#48. Lassen Volcanic National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,231 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,267 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,203 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 39.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 40.6 hours
— From Blacksburg: 39.2 hours
– Date founded: Aug. 9, 1916
– 2020 visitors: 542,274 (#29 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 106,589.02 acres

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#49. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,243 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,278 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,216 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 40.5 hours
— From Lynchburg: 42 hours
— From Blacksburg: 40.1 hours
– Date founded: May 22, 1902
– 2020 visitors: 670,500 (#26 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 183,224.05 acres

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#50. Pinnacles National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,265 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,304 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,234 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 38.6 hours
— From Lynchburg: 39.6 hours
— From Blacksburg: 37.9 hours
– Date founded: Jan. 10, 2013
– 2020 visitors: 165,740 (#48 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 26,685.73 acres

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#51. Olympic National Park (Washington)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,304 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,335 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,282 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 43.3 hours
— From Lynchburg: 44.4 hours
— From Blacksburg: 42.9 hours
– Date founded: June 29, 1938
– 2020 visitors: 2,499,177 (#9 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 922,649.41 acres

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#52. Redwood National Park (California)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,352 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,388 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,325 miles
– Driving time:
— From Roanoke: 44 hours
— From Lynchburg: 45 hours
— From Blacksburg: 44 hours
– Date founded: Oct. 2, 1968
– 2020 visitors: 265,177 (#43 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 138,999.37 acres

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#53. Glacier Bay National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 2,911 miles
— From Lynchburg: 2,934 miles
— From Blacksburg: 2,898 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 5,748 (#60 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 3,223,383.43 acres

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#54. Wrangell–St. Elias National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,096 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,116 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,085 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 16,655 (#57 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 8,323,146.48 acres

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#55. Kenai Fjords National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,359 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,380 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,347 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 115,882 (#52 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 669,650.05 acres

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#56. Denali National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,371 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,389 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,362 miles
– Date founded: Feb. 26, 1917
– 2020 visitors: 54,850 (#53 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 4,740,911.16 acres

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#57. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,440 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,455 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,434 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 2,872 (#63 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 7,523,897.45 acres

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#58. Lake Clark National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,480 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,500 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,468 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 4,948 (#61 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 2,619,816.49 acres

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#59. Katmai National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,561 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,582 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,548 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 51,511 (#54 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 3,674,529.33 acres

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#60. Kobuk Valley National Park (Alaska)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 3,599 miles
— From Lynchburg: 3,613 miles
— From Blacksburg: 3,593 miles
– Date founded: Dec. 2, 1980
– 2020 visitors: 11,185 (#58 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 1,750,716.16 acres

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#61. Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (Hawaii)

– Distance: 4,630 miles
— From Roanoke: 4,630 miles
— From Lynchburg: 4,670 miles
— From Blacksburg: 4,598 miles
– Date founded: Aug. 1, 1916
– 2020 visitors: 589,775 (#27 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 325,605.28 acres

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#62. Haleakalā National Park (Hawaii)

– Distance: 4,633 miles
— From Roanoke: 4,633 miles
— From Lynchburg: 4,672 miles
— From Blacksburg: 4,602 miles
– Date founded: July 1, 1961
– 2020 visitors: 319,147 (#40 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 33,264.62 acres

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#63. National Park of American Samoa (American Samoa)

– Distance:
— From Roanoke: 6,849 miles
— From Lynchburg: 6,890 miles
— From Blacksburg: 6,814 miles
– Date founded: Oct. 31, 1988
– 2020 visitors: 4,819 (#62 highest among all national parks)
– Park area: 8,256.67 acres