The World’s Most Instagrammed National Parks
Cameras at the ready: analyzing hashtags and data, Mainland Aggregates has listed the world’s National Parks in order of Instagram popularity. 20 out of 30 happen to be Classic Journeys guest favorites! Read on to see which.
1: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
Instagram posts: 3,648,494
What to do: Sunrise walk before breakfast. Join your local guide on their secret north rim trail. Watch the sunset over Roaring Springs and the South Rim. Spot swifts, swallows, bald eagles and willow flycatchers.
How to visit: Choose between our Multisport or Family tours of Bryce, Grand Canyon and Zion, or secure a Private tour for your friends and family, on any dates you choose.
2: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Instagram posts: 2,897,973
What to do: Time your trip to witness the natural phenomenon of the Firefall on the eastern edge of El Capitan when the Horsetail waterfall appears aflame. Raft alone the Merced River. Bike, horseride or hike spectacular trails with your guide.
How to visit: Have us put together the perfect Private tour of Yosemite.
3: Lake District National Park, UK
Instagram posts: 2,571,048
What to do: See what Surprise View at Derwent gets is name from. Conquer Scafell Pike. Visit the charming village of Grasmere. Soak up British history at Kendal Castle. Take a rowing or electric boat out on the lakes. Devour country-pub dinners.
How to visit: Extend one of our England or Ireland tours with a trip to the Lake District. Ask us to plan a Private tour based in the Lake District.
4: Banff National Park, Canada
Instagram posts: 2,410,547
What to do: Visit the limestone canyon with seven waterfalls with your Canadian guide. Take a morning walk on the banks of Lake Louise. Walk above the treeline to Sunshine Meadows, which straddle the Continental Divide and are surrounded by skyscraping Rockies peaks.
How to visit: Join our Multisport or Family tours of the Canadian Rockies, or have us put you together a Private tour suited to your dates and your people.
5: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Instagram posts: 1,399,905
What to do: Marvel at the Mammoth Hot Springs. Take a Pioneer-style wagon ride across the Wild West for a cowboy cookout. Track wolves in the ‘Serengeti of North America’. Walk up the cinematic Grand Canyon and along the banks of the Yellowstone River. See Old Faithful up close.
How to visit: Join our Yellowstone & Grand Tetons Culture & Walking tour, or arrange a Private tour on any date you choose.
6: Zion National Park, Utah, USA
Instagram posts: 962,438
What to do: Walk among hanging gardens of wildflowers on the banks of Virgin River. Get exclusive access to the Narrows with your local guide. Mountain bike along the riverside. Float down the Virgin River on tubes.
How to visit: Join a Multisport or Family tour to Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion, or book a Private tour exclusively for your group.
7: Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Instagram posts: 709,325
What to do: Walk to Swift Creek with our friend Jack, a member of the Blackfeet Nation who has fascinating stories about the tribe’s culture and history. Soak up the sights from Glacier’s Highline Trail. Fully enjoy the legendary Going-to-the-Sun Road with a private driver. Picnic at Virginia Falls. Go whitewater rafting.
How to visit: Join one of our Culture + Walking or Family tours, or reserve a Private tour entirely for your group.
8: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Instagram posts: 568,634
What to do: Have a Patagonia picnic on the mountaintop. Take a boat ride to the Grey Glacier. Spot guancano, rheas and condors. Hike to lagoons and viewpoints with your Chilean guide.
How to visit: Join our Culture + Walking tour, or have us plan a Private tour totally around your preferences.
9: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Instagram posts: 567,909
What to do: Spot zebra and more on an afternoon bush walk. Watch lions at the Kruger Tablets. Experience Bourke’s Luck Potholes and take a helicopter flight over Blyde River Canyon.
How to visit: Our South Africa Culture + Walking and Family tours include a luxury lodge stay on a private game reserve with awesome sightings of the Big 5 and more. Extend your trip to include Kruger and experience not one but two South Africa safari’s of a lifetime.
11: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA
Instagram posts: 518,327
What to do: Walk among the mythical hoodos. Stay overnight in a luxury park lodge for spectacular stargazing. Ride a mule into the canyon.
How to visit: Join our Multisport or Family tours of Bryce, Grand Canyon & Zion, or book a Private tour for any group size and any dates.
14: Arches National Park, United States
Instagram posts: 449,999
What to do: See sunrise over Moab Fault. Mountain bike scenic trails. Ride horseback through Seven Mile canyon. Stargaze in the dazzlingly dark skies.
How to visit: Make Arches an extra stop on our Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion Multisport or Family tours. Ask us to put together a Private tour for any date you choose.
15: Jasper National Park, Canada
Instagram posts: 405,464
What to do: Spot grizzly bears, moose, caribou, elk, and wolves in the wilderness. Stay in a luxury lodge on the shore of emerald Lac Beauvert. Stargaze in the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Reserve.
How to visit: Join our Multisport or Family tours of the Canadian Rockies, or have us book a Private tour: your people, your dates.
18: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Instagram posts: 297,612
What to do: Walk the wooden trail among lakes and waterfalls with your Croatian guide. Spot brown bears. Take a boat ride between the lower lakes.
How to visit: Extend your your Family or Culture + Walking tour with a weekend in Plitvice, or ask us to plan a Private tour with Plitvice as the center point.
19: Grand Teton National Park, United States
Instagram posts: 294,813
What to do: Hike with your local guide to the glacial Taggart Lake and photograph peaks and pine trees reflected in the water. Raft along the winding Snake River, watching playful beavers and stopping for a pop-up dinner on the riverbank.
How to visit: Join our Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Culture + Walking tour, or book a Private tour for any date.
20: Krka National Park, Croatia
Instagram posts: 121,906
What to do: Visit the watermills by the Buk Waterfalls. Visit a monastery built on Roman catacombs. Take a boat ride to Visovac island, home to a 15th century Fransciscan monastery.
How to visit: Extend your Family or Culture + Walking tour with a weekend in Krka, or ask us to plan a Private tour with Krka as the center point.
21: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Instagram posts: 112,197
What to do: Hear how the Moari explain the fiords formation from your local guide (spoiler: it features giants.) Visit waterfalls. Watch the dolphins, fur seals and penguins of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand’s deepest fiord. Take a boat ride across Milford Sound, which Rudyard Kipling called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’
How to visit: Add our Milford Track extension to your Family or Culture + Walking tours of the North & South.
22: Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
Instagram posts: 96,005
What to do: Hike UNESCO World Heritage trails with your local guide, along the banks of glassy Black Lake. Explore Zminje Lake against dramatic limestone cliffs. Watch the world go by with a coffee at a lakeside café.
How to visit: Join our Culture + Walking tour, or book a Private tour for any dates and group size.
24: Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Instagram posts: 57,553
What to do: Drive into the ‘snout’ of the Vatnajökull glacier with your Viking-descended guide, Atli, who personally worked to develop Vatnajökull National Park into the incredible, UNESCO-listed landscape you’re adventuring in (read about Atli here). Gear up, and enter a spectacular ice cave. Hike to the Skálafellsjökull glacier.
How to visit: Join one of our Multisport or Iceland Defender tours, or have us arrange a Private tour just for you and your people.
28: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Argentina
Instagram posts: 32,033
What to do: Take a boat ride to the Perito Moreno Glacier with your local guide to see the surface up close. Picnic close enough to hear the creaking of ancient ice. Take a lake cruise between icebergs to our friend’s working estancia in a remote valley of the Andes.
How to visit: Book our Culture + Walking tour, just for your group, on your chosen dates.
30: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Instagram posts: 25,149
What to do: Stay in a rainforest lodge within the park. Explore waterfalls, lava formations and volcanoes with your islander guide. See volcanic forces up close at the Thurston Lava Tube. Visit one of the world’s best planetariums to learn about the connections between Hawaiian mythology and astronomy.
How to visit: Join one of our Multisport tours, or book a Private tour for any dates you choose.