We Have Something Just For YouThe Northeast Region (NER) spans across 13 states and is home to a large and diverse selection of sites to visit. Whether you're into learning history from reenactors, standing in awe in front of historic landmarks, walking in the footsteps of legends, climbing mountains, sauntering down a wooded path, or resting on a beautiful beach at sunset, we have something for you.
National Heritage Areas: 20
Designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources form a cohesive, nationally important landscape.
National Natural Landmarks: 147
Nationally significant and conserved as examples of the nation's biological and/or geological features.
National Historic Landmarks: 1,050
Secretary of the Interior designates nationally significant historic places. Just over 1,000 northeastern sites bear this distinction.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: 3
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates globally significant heritage sites.
The Economic Impact of All National Parks: 2018It is important to know that spending by visitors to national parks provide great benefits as well as generate economic impacts in local and regional economies across the nation. The Northeast Region is a large part of that benefit. These visitor spending effects are the jobs and business activity that result from the direct and ripple effects of National Park Service visitors’ spending money within gateway economies surrounding parks. When looking back at the past five years, we can see the general spending growth, for the economy.
Across the Nation
In 2018, 318 million park visitors spent an estimated $20.2 billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands across the country. These expenditures supported a total of 329 thousand jobs, $13.6 billion in labor income, $23.4 billion in value added, and $40.1 billion in economic output in the national economy.
Numbers at a GlancePark Visitors: 318 million
Spending: $20.2 billion
Jobs Supported: 329,000
Labor Income: $13.6 billion
Value Added: $23.4 billion
Economic Output: $40.1 billion
Graph 1A: Shows the 2018 data for Directly Affected Sectors for National Visitor Spending. $20.2 billion in total visitor spending. Broken down by: Camping $462 million (2.29%), Gas $2.1 billion (10.33%), Groceries $1.4 billion (6.75%), Hotels $6.8 billion (33.73%), Recreation Industries $2.0 billion (9.82%), Restaurants $4.0 billion (19.98%), Retail $1.9 billion (9.2%), Transportation $1.6 billion (7.9%)
Graph 1B: Shows spending for years: 2013: $14.6 billion, 2014: $15.7 billion, 2015: $16.9 bllion and 2016: $18.4 billion, 2017: $18.2 billion, and 2018: $20.2 billion. (See graph)
National Visitor Spending (All Parks)
Northeast Region Visitor Spending Impact: 2018In 2018, 57 million park visitors spent an estimated $2.3 billion in local gateway regions while visiting National Park Service lands in the Northeast Region. These expenditures supported a total of almost 46 thousand jobs, $1.9 billion in labor income, $3.3 billion in value added, and $5.2 billion in economic output in the Region’s economy.
Numbers at a GlancePark Visitors: 57 million
Local Spending: $2.3 billion*
Jobs Supported: 45,853 jobs*
Labor Income: $1.9 billion
Value Added: $3.3 billion
Regional Economic Output: $5.2 billion*
Jobs and Affected SectorsHotels: 9,252 jobs
Camping: 1,814 jobs
Restaurants: 10,909 jobs
Groceries: 991 jobs
Gas: 669 jobs
Transportation: 778 jobs
Recreation Industries: 3,844 jobs
Retail: 2,906 jobs
Secondary Effects: 14,690 jobs
Graph 1C: Number of jobs within affected sectors. Total of 45,853 thousand jobs, broken down by: Hotels: 9,252 jobs, Camping: 1,814 jobs, Restaurants: 10,909 jobs, Groceries: 991 jobs, Gas: 669 jobs, Transportation: 778 jobs, Recreation Industries: 3,844 jobs, Retail: 2,906 jobs, Secondary Effects: 14,690 jobs.
Graph 1D: Regional Economic Job Contributions. Broken down by year. 2012: 31.2 thousand jobs, 2013: 30.5 thousand jobs, 2014: 36.3 thousand jobs, 2015: 37.5 thousand jobs, 2016: 41.2 thousand jobs, 2017: 38.8 thousand jobs, and 2018: 45.8 thousand jobs.
Northeast Region Economic Contribution: Jobs (2018)
|Northeast Region Parks||2018 Visitation||Visitor Spending|
|Gateway National Recreation Area||9,243,305||$248,857,000|
|Independence National Historical Park||4,576,455||$270,253,000|
|Statue Of Liberty National Monument||4,335,431||$256,020,000|
|Castle Clinton National Monument||4,533,564||$113,780,000|
|Cape Cod National Seashore||3,926,462||$494,995,000|
|Acadia National Park||3,537,575||$387,654,000|
|Boston National Historical Park||3,053,240||$180,302,000|
|Colonial National Historical Park||3,294,224||$331,575,000|
|Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area||3,261,921||$113,209,000|
|Assateague Island National Seashore||2,136,889||$94,476,000|
|Valley Forge National Historical Park||1,881,362||$24,097,000|
|Shenandoah National Park||1,264,880||$86,905,000|
|New River Gorge National River||1,232,628||$54,681,000|
|Minute Man National Historical Park||1,014,802||$59,927,000|
|Gettysburg National Military Park||949,989||$61,494,000|
|Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park||926,464||$54,710,000|
|Governors Island National Monument||589,799||$34,829,000|
|Stonewall National Monument||511,220||$30,189,000|
|Lowell National Historical Park||507,276||$29,956,000|
|Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine||486,113||$28,706,000|
|Boston African American National Historic Site||410,893||$24,264,000|
|Flight 93 National Memorial||381,448||$22,526,000|
|Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site||340,870||$20,129,000|
|Fire Island National Seashore||305,710||$13,470,000|
|Salem Maritime National Historic Site||300,475||$17,744,000|
|Fort Necessity National Battlefield||280,971||$16,586,000|
|Morristown National Historical Park||279,393||$16,499,000|
|Federal Hall National Memorial||230,633||$13,619,000|
|Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River||220,965||$9,808,000|
|Petersburg National Battlefield||204,322||$12,066,000|
|Richmond National Battlefield Park||199,345||$11,772,000|
|Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site||189,048||$11,164,000|
|New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park||186,937||$10,132,000|
|Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site||154,000||$9,094,000|
|Johnstown Flood National Memorial||146,269||$9,132,000|
|Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park||143,605||$8,480,000|
|Saratoga National Historical Park||135,445||$7,998,000|
|Adams National Historical Park||121,007||$7,146,000|
|George Washington Birthplace National Monument||111,058||$5,126,000|
|Appomattox Court House National Historical Park||103,045||$6,085,000|
|Gauley River National Recreation Area||97,779||$4,300,000|
|Steamtown National Historic Site||97,949||$5,364,000|
|Fort Stanwix National Monument||90,507||$5,037,000|
|General Grant National Memorial||73,336||$4,331,000|
|Hamilton Grange National Memorial||66,216||$3,910,000|
|Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park||63,886||$3,773,000|
|Roger Williams National Memorial||60,709||$3,585,000|
|Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site||60,528||$3,574,000|
|Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site||54,649||$3,227,000|
|Thomas Edison National Historical Park||47,298||$2,793,000|
|Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site||46,407||$2,741,000|
|African Burial Ground National Monument||45,036||$2,660,000|
|Women's Rights National Historical Park||42,783||$3,131,000|
|Eisenhower National Historic Site||42,036||$2,482,000|
|Friendship Hill National Historic Site||41,678||$2,461,000|
|Sagamore Hill National Historic Site||39,969||$2,360,000|
|Weir Farm National Historic Site||35,383||$2,089,000|
|Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site||35,218||$1,764,000|
|Bluestone National Scenic River||31,315||$1,390,000|
|Hampton National Historic Site||29,617||$1,749,000|
|Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site||27,507||$1,624,000|
|John F. Kennedy National Historic Site||24,077||$1,422,000|
|Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site||23,155||$1367,000|
|Booker T. Washington National Monument||22,732||$1,342,000|
|Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site||21,631||$1,277,000|
|Springfield Armory National Historic Site||20,105||$1,187,000|
|Martin Van Buren National Historic Site||18,642||$1,101,000|
|Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site||10,961||$647,000|
|Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site||16,314||$963,000|
|Saint Croix Island International Historic Site||12,000||$709,000|
|Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site||10,661||$629,000|
|Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site||9,855||$582,000|
|Thomas Stone National Historic Site||8,255||$488,000|
|Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial||2,077||$123,000|
Northeast Region Economic Contributions: Jobs
* Visitor Spending is the total amount directly spent by both local and non-local visitors in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2018.
* Jobs is the total number of full time, part time, and temporary jobs in state economies resulting from all visitor spending in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2018.
* Economic Output measures the total estimated value of the production of goods and services resulting from all visitor spending in local areas surrounding parks in calendar year 2018.
Volunteering: A Tremendous Contribution
Volunteering is an American tradition that has made an immeasurable contribution to communities, organizations, and individuals throughout the country. Today’s volunteers are active, dynamic, creative individuals who possess the skills, desire, patience, and time to accomplish a wide variety of tasks.
With Your Help In 2017In Fiscal Year 2018, there were 302,106 individuals who volunteered 7,233,550 hours of voluntary service worth more than $178 million to the National Park Service (based on the Independent Sector value of a volunteer hour is $24.69).
The Northeast Region had 55,836 individual volunteers providing 1,331,002 hours of service worth more than $33.8 million.
Numbers at a GlanceNational Volunteers: 302,106 individuals
National Hours: 7,233,550
Value to the National Park Service: $178.6 million
Northeast Region Volunteers: 55,836 individuals
Northeast Region Hours: 1,331,002
Northeast Region Value: $33.8 million
Last updated: August 7, 2019