This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and I was curious about how park attendance had changed recently. Andrew Flowers of FiveThirtyEight had a nice overview using official NPS data. The article was interesting but contrary to most of FiveThirtyEight’s pieces there was a stunning lack of interactivity in what I felt was the main figure of the piece
I remade the figure using that same data but just focusong on 2006 until 2015 and basically the popular parks stay popular and vice versa:
Basically, Great Smoky Mountains NP has dominated attendance since its creation but what other parks have recently become popular? I used D3 to make a simple line plot that allowed for interactively exploring park attendance based on year over year change from the mean attendance over the last ten years:
Clearly a spike in recent years - maybe due to lower gas prices or increased popularity of social media?
Also, I was curious about what the trend looked like for the National Monuments.
I aim to visit some new parks and monuments this summer and hopefully looking at the data like this will help me avoid the crowds.