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NATIONAL PARKS

These are the best parks in each state, according to actual visitors

The pandemic has inspired many Americans to get outdoors, prompting them to rediscover local and regional parks. " We ' re still seeing a lot of people who really realized how much they appreciate these outdoor spaces are continuing to use them, " said Anna America, parks director for City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation. " I think in all of these areas, people are gettting out, going, ' Oh yeah, I totally forgot this is fun! ' " Tulsa is home to 135 parks and trails, including Gathering Place, seen here, which is widely recognized for its innovative design. Every city offers opportunities to enjoy nature within driving distance. Whether you ' re looking for a playground, hiking trail or place to roam free with your dogs, these are the best parks in each state and Washington D.C., according to Yelp. Yelp ' s picks are based on user ratings, total volume of reviews and other factors under the category of parks. While national parks are certainly outdoor treasures, they were excluded from the selections, though other types of National Park Service sites are included.
The pandemic has inspired many Americans to get outdoors, prompting them to rediscover local and regional parks. 

"We're still seeing a lot of people who really realized how much they appreciate these outdoor spaces are continuing to use them," said Anna America, parks director for City of Tulsa Parks and Recreation. "I think in all of these areas, people are gettting out, going, 'Oh yeah, I totally forgot this is fun!'" 

is home to 135 parks and trails, including Gathering Place, seen here, which is widely recognized for its innovative design.

Every city offers opportunities to enjoy nature within driving distance. Whether you're looking for a playground, hiking trail or place to roam free with your dogs, these are the best parks in each state and Washington D.C., according to Yelp.

Yelp's picks are based on user ratings, total volume of reviews and other factors under the category of parks. While national parks are certainly outdoor treasures, they were excluded from the selections, though other types of National Park Service sites are included.
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Alabama : Railroad Park covers 19 acres of downtown Birmingham with green space. One Yelp reviewer called it " a perfect respite from the rigors and stress of urban life.
Alabama: covers 19 acres of downtown Birmingham with green space. One called it "a perfect respite from the rigors and stress of urban life.
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Alaska : Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Anchorage is stunning day or night. One Yelp reviewer said, " you can really feel nature at its greatest " there.
Alaska: in Anchorage is stunning day or night. One said, "you can really feel nature at its greatest" there.
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Arizona : Veterans Oasis Park spans 113 acres in Chandler. It ' s a popular place for fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Yelp reviewers have called it a " hidden gem.
Arizona: spans 113 acres in Chandler. It's a popular place for fishing, hiking and horseback riding.  have called it a "hidden gem.
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Arkansas : Pinnacle Mountain State Park is a Trail of Tears National Historic Site in Little Rock. Multiple Yelp reviewers remarked on the difficulty of some trails, " but the view at the top is worth every bit of it.
Arkansas: is a Trail of Tears National Historic Site in Little Rock. Multiple remarked on the difficulty of some trails, "but the view at the top is worth every bit of it.
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California : Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel has been called the " the crown jewel of the state park system. " Yelp reviewers enjoy the " gorgeous views of the Pacific.
California: in Carmel has been called the "the crown jewel of the state park system." enjoy the "gorgeous views of the Pacific.
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Colorado : Chautauqua Park offers four seasons of fun. One Yelp reviewer said the Boulder park " looks like it is straight out of a painting.
Colorado: offers four seasons of fun. One said the Boulder park "looks like it is straight out of a painting.
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Connecticut : Elizabeth Park in West Hartford features more than 100 acres of gardens and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Yelp reviewers particularly enjoy the seasonal blooms.
Connecticut: in West Hartford features more than 100 acres of gardens and is on the National Register of Historic Places. particularly enjoy the seasonal blooms.
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Delaware : Glasgow Park , in Glasgow, features a sensory playground, fishing pond, sledding hill and more. One Yelp reviewer called it a " great place for a picnic, family reunion, stroll, run or just some fresh air.
Delaware: , in Glasgow, features a sensory playground, fishing pond, sledding hill and more. One called it a "great place for a picnic, family reunion, stroll, run or just some fresh air.
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Florida : Circle B Bar Reserve is a nature reserve and former cattle ranch along Lake Hancock. One Yelp reviewer said, " The bird, alligator and other animal watching are amazing.
Florida: is a nature reserve and former cattle ranch along Lake Hancock. One said, "The bird, alligator and other animal watching are amazing.
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Georgia : Cloudland Canyon State Park , in Rising Fawn, is one of the largest parks in Georgia. Yelp reviewers enjoy its " gorgeous " waterfalls and variety of trails.
Georgia:, in Rising Fawn, is one of the largest parks in Georgia.  enjoy its "gorgeous" waterfalls and variety of trails.
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Illinois : Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the nation ' s largest conservatories with greenhouses and 12 acres of outdoor gardens.
Illinois:  is one of the nation's largest conservatories with greenhouses and 12 acres of outdoor gardens.
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Indiana : White River State Park covers 250 acres of downtown Indianapolis. It ' s home to Indianapolis Zoo, Victory Field where the Indianapolis Indians play, several museums, a concert venue and more. One Yelp reviewer said, " There are so many activities to do here that I always forget its a state park.
Indiana:  covers 250 acres of downtown Indianapolis. It's home to Indianapolis Zoo, Victory Field where the Indianapolis Indians play, several museums, a concert venue and more. One said, "There are so many activities to do here that I always forget its a state park.
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Iowa : Gray ' s Lake Park is a favorites among families in Des Moines. Yelp reviewers say it ' s a great place for walking, paddle boating or just hanging out.
Iowa: is a favorites among families in Des Moines.  say it's a great place for walking, paddle boating or just hanging out.
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Kansas : Keeper of the Plains Plaza sits where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers meet in Wichita. Each night a ring of fire burns briefly around its namesake statue, which was given to the city by the late Native American artist Blackbear Bosin. Yelp reviewers enjoy it day and night.
Kansas: sits where the Big and Little Arkansas rivers meet in Wichita. Each night a ring of fire burns briefly around its namesake statue, which was given to the city by the late Native American artist Blackbear Bosin. enjoy it day and night.
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Kentucky : Cherokee Park in Louisville was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who helped plan New York ' s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate landscape in North Carolina. One Yelp reviewer said, " pretty much everything that makes a park great is here. "
Kentucky: in Louisville was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who helped plan New York's Central Park and the Biltmore Estate landscape in North Carolina. One  said, "pretty much everything that makes a park great is here."
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Maine : Portland Head Light is perched on the stony shores of Fort Williams Park. It ' s one of the most iconic landmarks in Maine. Multiple Yelp reviewers called the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse a " must " for anyone visiting the coast.
Maine:  is perched on the stony shores of Fort Williams Park. It's one of the most iconic landmarks in Maine. Multiple called the Cape Elizabeth lighthouse a "must" for anyone visiting the coast.
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Maryland : Located in Potomac, Billy Goat Trail has three sections and can be accessed from Great Falls Tavern . Section A, pictured here, runs for 1.75 miles. Yelp reviewers enjoy the " breathtakingly gorgeous views.
Maryland: Located in Potomac, has three sections and can be accessed from . Section A, pictured here, runs for 1.75 miles. Yelp reviewers enjoy the "breathtakingly gorgeous views.
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Michigan : Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire is part of the National Park Service, but it ' s not a national park. Yelp reviewers have been surprised and stunned by its beauty.
Michigan: in Empire is part of the National Park Service, but it's not a national park.  have been surprised and stunned by its beauty.
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Minnesota : Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park in Minneapolis feaures seven areas for dogs and their humans to adventure. One Yelp reviewer called it the jackpot of all dog parks.
Minnesota:in Minneapolis feaures seven areas for dogs and their humans to adventure. One  called it the jackpot of all dog parks.
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Montana : Bannack State Park in Dillon features a historic ghost town with over 60 structures. One Yelp reviewer called it " Very impressive and not commercialized whatsoever.
Montana: in Dillon features a historic ghost town with over 60 structures. One called it "Very impressive and not commercialized whatsoever.
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Nebraska : Hanscom Dog Park in Omaha may be for dogs, but Yelp reviewers say they " love, love, LOVE " it and the surrounding landscape.
Nebraska: in Omaha may be for dogs, but  say they "love, love, LOVE" it and the surrounding landscape.
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New Hampshire : The Flume Gorge features a 2-mile trail along waterfalls and walls of Conway granite at the base of Mount Liberty in Lincoln. One Yelp reviewer said it ' s a " beautiful hike no matter the season.
New Hampshire:  features a 2-mile trail along waterfalls and walls of Conway granite at the base of Mount Liberty in Lincoln. One said it's a "beautiful hike no matter the season.
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New Jersey : Cape May County Park & Zoo is a free, family-friendly destination in Cape May Court House. Many Yelp reviewers marvel at how it can offer so much without charging for entry.
New Jersey: is a free, family-friendly destination in Cape May Court House. Many marvel at how it can offer so much without charging for entry.
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New Mexico : A Park Above in Rancho Rio is billed as the state ' s " first fully-inclusive and accessible playground. " One Yelp reviewer called it " hands down the best park I ' ve ever been to.
New Mexico:  in Rancho Rio is billed as the state's "first fully-inclusive and accessible playground." One called it "hands down the best park I've ever been to.
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North Carolina : Blue Ridge Parkway offers 469 miles of scenic views through the rolling hills of North Carolina and Virginia. Multiple Yelp reviewers counted the national parkway among their favorite places in the world.
North Carolina:  offers 469 miles of scenic views through the rolling hills of North Carolina and Virginia. Multiple counted the national parkway among their favorite places in the world.
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North Dakota : Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park in Mandan features 6 reconstructed Earthlodges, similar to those that Mandan Native American people lived in long ago. One Yelp reviewer said, " This place is an absolute jewel for anyone with at least a minimal interest in history, military or otherwise.
North Dakota: in Mandan features 6 reconstructed Earthlodges, similar to those that Mandan Native American people lived in long ago. One said," This place is an absolute jewel for anyone with at least a minimal interest in history, military or otherwise.
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Ohio : Smale Riverfront Park is a split-level park in Cincinnati with " multiple playground areas including splash pads, a great carousel, and a giant keyboard a la Big, " according to one Yelp reviewer .
Ohio: is a split-level park in Cincinnati with "multiple playground areas including splash pads, a great carousel, and a giant keyboard a la Big," according to one .
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Oklahoma : Gathering Place was gifted to the city of Tulsa by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, among other donors. It ' s know for its imaginative playgrounds and public art. Yelp reviewers call it " absolutely BEST public park " they ' ve visited and " truly unique.
Oklahoma: was gifted to the city of Tulsa by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, among other donors. It's know for its imaginative playgrounds and public art.  call it "absolutely BEST public park" they've visited and "truly unique.
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Oregon : Forest Park is a 5,200-acre forest in Portland with miles of trails. Yelp reviewers enjoy the great views and wide range of hiking difficulty.
Oregon: is a 5,200-acre forest in Portland with miles of trails. enjoy the great views and wide range of hiking difficulty.
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South Carolina : Falls Park is surrounded by restaurants and businesses in downtown Greenville. Its signature features include a stunning suspension overlooking Reedy River Falls. Yelp reviewers rave about its beauty and thoughtful design.
South Carolina:  is surrounded by restaurants and businesses in downtown Greenville. Its signature features include a stunning suspension overlooking Reedy River Falls. rave about its beauty and thoughtful design.
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South Dakota : Custer State Park spans 71,000 acres in the Black Hills. Yelp reviewers rave about free-roaming bison, other wildlife and scenic views.
South Dakota: spans 71,000 acres in the Black Hills. rave about free-roaming bison, other wildlife and scenic views.
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Tennessee : Walnut Street Bridge isn ' t technically a park, as at least one Yelp reviewer noted, but the footbridge connects downtown Chattanooga to Coolidge Park, across the Tennessee River on the city ' s north shore.
Tennessee:  isn't technically a park, as at least one  noted, but the footbridge connects downtown Chattanooga to Coolidge Park, across the Tennessee River on the city's north shore.
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Texas : Hope Park in Frisco is a " plaground for all abilitities, " according to its website. One Yelp reviewer warned, if you bring your kids there " be ready for resistance when it ' s time to leave.
Texas:  in Frisco is a "plaground for all abilitities," according to its website. One  warned, if you bring your kids there "be ready for resistance when it's time to leave.
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Utah : Liberty Park is Salt Lake City ' s oldest park. According to the city ' s website, Brigham Young acquired the former grist mill and farm and filled it with trees, then ordered it to be sold to the city at the lowest price possible, in his will. One Yelp reviewer said: " My whole family loves this park! It has so many wonderfully mature trees.
Utah: is Salt Lake City's oldest park. According to the city's website, Brigham Young acquired the former grist mill and farm and filled it with trees, then ordered it to be sold to the city at the lowest price possible, in his will. One said: "My whole family loves this park! It has so many wonderfully mature trees.
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Vermont : Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee features a raptor center, natural trails and Forest Canopy Walk that is popular among Yelp reviewers .
Vermont: in Quechee features a raptor center, natural trails and Forest Canopy Walk that is popular among .
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Virginia : Maymont , a historic estate and park in Richmond, Virginia, features a Japanese garden, Italian garden, specialty gardens and arboretum. One Yelp reviewer called the " tranquil " park the " jewel of the city.
Virginia: , a historic estate and park in Richmond, Virginia, features a Japanese garden, Italian garden, specialty gardens and arboretum. One  called the "tranquil" park the "jewel of the city.
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Washington : Kerry Park is postcard perfect. Yelp reviewers enjoy the " perfect view of the Seattle skyline.
Washington:  is postcard perfect. enjoy the "perfect view of the Seattle skyline.
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Washington, D.C. : Rock Creek Park provides a green getaway in the nation ' s capital. Yelp reviewers enjoy the " scenic route in the heart of the city.
Washington, D.C.: provides a green getaway in the nation's capital. enjoy the "scenic route in the heart of the city.
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West Virginia : Harpers Ferry National Historical Park sits at the interection of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in Harpers Ferry. Yelp reviewers said the historic town is beautiful but can get busy. While part of the National Park Service system, it is not a national park.
West Virginia: sits at the interection of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers in Harpers Ferry. said the historic town is beautiful but can get busy. While part of the National Park Service system, it is not a national park.
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Wisconsin : Cave Point County Park in Stugeon Bay offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan. One Yelp reviewer " was completely taken a back at how amazing this part of Lake Michigan and Door County are.
Wisconsin: in Stugeon Bay offers sweeping views of Lake Michigan. One "was completely taken a back at how amazing this part of Lake Michigan and Door County are.
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Wyoming : Hot Springs State Park , as its name suggests, features mineral hot springs and a free public bath house in Thermopolis. One Yelp reviewer said, “ The nature is gorgeous, due to no crowds, we possibly enjoyed it even more than Yellowstone.
Wyoming:, as its name suggests, features mineral hot springs and a free public bath house in Thermopolis. One said, “The nature is gorgeous, due to no crowds, we possibly enjoyed it even more than Yellowstone.
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