Harf Zimmermann
July 02, 2016

National parks are worth so much more than the entry fee you have to fork over to get into some of them. Aside from lasting memories, you get a chance to explore some of the world's most beautiful landscapes firsthand. Not to mention the photo ops — a photo album full of national park shots is something almost anyone would take the time to thumb through.

But “priceless” is not a quantity, so the National Parks Foundation recently conducted a survey to put an actual dollar amount on the value of all the national parks in the United States.

The answer: $92 billion.

While we knew the parks were important to all of our well-beings — a spanning section of wildlife is the ultimate mental health day destination — this goes to prove that they're just as important to our economy. Of the people surveyed in this recent study, 95 percent of the American public shared that "protecting the national parks for future generations was important," and 80 percent said that they would “pay higher federal taxes to ensure the protection and preservation of the National Park Service,” according to Travel Pulse. Finally, something we can all (mostly) agree on.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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