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Americans Would Rather Visit A U.S. National Park Than A Theme Park

Americans are more likely to consider visiting a U.S. national park as a vacation option than a theme park, according to an April 2019 National Park Awareness Survey, conducted by L.A.-based special interest news network PASHpost. The survey was conducted among Americans age 18+ in recognition of National Park Week, the presidentially proclaimed week beginning April 20th through April 28th. Among the findings:

  • 78% of people say they put a higher premium on vacationing at a national park than a U.S. theme park
  • 97% say they believe America’s national parks hold an important place in the country’s cultural legacy
  • More than 75% of respondents associate the national parks with nature and wilderness
  • And fewer than 15% were aware that the national park system also includes historic buildings or national landmarks
  • 38% report feelings of nostalgia attached to national parks
  • And 65% report that the national parks inspire a sense of history
  • 38% say they’d be likely to walk or hike at a national park