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February 7, 2022

#Acadia: Maine boasts the country's most Instagrammable national park

hikers on trail Courtesy / Acadia National Park Acadia National Park is tops in social media. This photo, on Acadia’s Facebook page, shows a trail packed with hikers.

From Cadillac Mountain to Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park is crowded not only with visitors but also with photo ops, which light up social media platform Instagram at a higher rate than those of any other national park.

Acadia ranked No. 1 in a study by online photo printing company Printique, which looked at Instagram hashtag data and the size of each park to find the one with the highest hashtags per acre.

The study showed that Acadia, set on a total of 49,076 acres of woodland and rocky beaches, has 518,495 hashtags on Instagram, putting it at the top of the list with 10.57 hashtags per acre.

“Before the pandemic, U.S. national parks attracted around 300 million visitors each year,” Printique said in a statement. “With spring approaching and people ready to start travelling again, this study provides a great insight into which locations are the most photogenic and can guarantee visitors the ‘perfect Insta pic.’”

In second place was Utah's Zion National Park, which had the fourth-highest total number of Instagram hashtags at 1.28 million. Zion is known for its canyon’s steep red cliffs. The park sits on 147,242 acres, resulting in the second-highest number of hashtags per acre of 8.7, the study found.

Arches National Park, another park in Utah, came in third with 7.86 hashtags per acre.

Grand Canyon National Park ranked seventh per acre. Despite having the highest number of Instagram hashtags on the list at 4.06 million, the vast size of the park, 1.2 million acres, gives it a score of 3.38 hashtags per acre.

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