Most-Visited National Park? It's The Bay Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area logged most visitors.

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    A stream of visitors have flocked here.

    The crowds aren't in Yosemite.

    They're here in the Bay Area, according to national park visitor statistics, which reveal that 14.3 million people visited places like Muir Woods, Alcatraz, and Crissy Field.

    The government shutdown may have played a role in handing the visitor crown to the Bay: with most parks in secluded areas closed, folks in urban areas had free reign of places like Crissy Fields and Fort Mason, which were open for business even when Alcatraz was not.

    Most parks had a 3.3 percent drop in attendance; GGNRA attendance dropped only 1.4 percent, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.