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US NP visitation down 28% in 2020, but even during pandemic some parks saw record crowds

The coronavirus pandemic made national parks a vacation hotspot — but visitation was still down.

The National Park Service said Thursday that more than 237 million people visited national park sites in 2020. And while some parks saw significant increases in visitations during some months, the overall number of tourists at all sites decreased 28% from 2019.

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