Even if visitor numbers are declining and budgets are chronically thin, a new study shows the majority of Americans would place their Dream Vacation in one of our National Parks.

The study, conducted by the Y Partnership, asked people which of a selection of 25 travel destinations they would most like to go on for a “dream vacation,” and the number one choice – with 66% of participants choosing it – was the National Park System. The good ol’ NPS beat out the Hawaiian Islands, Orlando, the Florida Keys, and cities like New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, that’s all the info I can get without forking over almost $3000 for the full report, but it’s a little heartwarming to know that we’re in the majority when I say I’d rather go backpacking in Joshua Tree than spend a weekend in Vegas, right?


Via National Parks Traveler.

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