Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Ranking the National Parks

Top Tier Parks (International icons of American heritage, extremely well-known): Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Glacier, Great Smoky Mountains, Denali, Sequoia, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Mt. Rainier

2nd Tier (Iconic within U.S.; slightly less cache): Crater Lake, Arches, Canyonlands, Rocky Mountain, Redwood, Death Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, Mesa Verde, Acadia, Everglades, Badlands, Olympic, Hawaii Volcanoes, Shenandoah, Kings Canyon

3rd Tier: (Less iconic, slightly more obscure): Capitol Reef, Mammoth Cave, Cuyahoga Valley, Great Sand Dunes, Wrangell-St. Elias, Lake Clark, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Haleakala, Saguaro, Petrified Forest, Joshua Tree, Channel Islands, Biscayne, Voyageurs, Big Bend, Virgin Islands, North Cascades, Lassen Volcanic

4th Tier (Very obscure, lightly visited or possibly inappropriate for "national park" designation): Congaree, Hot Springs, Isle Royale, Gates of the Arctic, Kobuk Valley, Kenai Fjords, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, National Park of American Samoa, Guadalupe Mountains, Great Basin, Dry Tortugas, Theodore Roosevelt, Wind Cave