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story.lead_photo.caption The Sentinel-Record/Mara Kuhn HASHTAG HSNP: Marissa Tusler, 9, and Bennett Tusler, 6, of Minneapolis, test Hot Springs National Park’s namesake hot water in the thermal display fountain outside the Fordyce Bath House on Monday. - Photo by Mara Kuhn

Hot Springs National Park recently placed 44th on a list of the 470 most-hashtagged destinations in the world as compiled by TravelBird, an online travel company based in The Netherlands.

In the United States, Hot Springs National Park placed 20th on TravelBird's list of "most Instagrammed" tourist attractions within the United States, the top in the state of Arkansas. The study looked at the top two destinations in each state. The other top destination in Arkansas, Little Rock's Central High School, placed 21st on the national list, and 45th on the list of most-hashtagged worldwide destinations.

"This is wonderful that Hot Springs National Park is being Instagrammed to the world. We know the gem that this national park is, and we want to share it with the world, and we are happy that at least two National Park sites in Arkansas are being mentioned back to back," Hot Springs National Park Superintendent Josie Fernandez said Monday.

"Instagram is a barometer of where Millennials are traveling to. By using common hashtags of popular sights, monuments and attractions, we created a rank of the most hashtagged destinations in the US and around the world," TravelBird said on its website.

The website notes that many people, "especially those in the Millennial demographic, use Instagram to both seek and share #wanderlust #inspo. Hashtags are used not only to document journeys, but to make it easier for those interested to find content they love."

The list, which was released earlier this month, has generated news articles across the globe, ranging from Harper's BAZAAR Australia to "The Sun" in the UK.

Disneyland in California was listed as the No. 1 attraction both in the United States and on the worldwide list, according to TravelBird.

Local on 05/31/2017

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