20 National Parks For Your Family Vacation

I know the Holidays just ended, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring break and national parks are a great vacation spot for families. Growing up, my parents had always wanted to just rent an RV for the summer and drive my brother and I around the country to see all of these parks. While that never happened and now we are grown adults, maybe it’s not too late for your family.

If you can hit all of the Southwestern parks in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming in one trip, that’s over half of the list! MSN Travel listed the top 20 US national parks:

  1. HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii
    • Highlight: Haleakala Crater
  2. HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii
    • Highlight: Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes
  3. CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, California
    • Highlight: Whale sightings
  4. REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, California
    • Highlight: You can drive through a tree!
  5. SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, California
    • Highlight: Underground rock formations in caves
  6. YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California
    • Highlight: Granite cliffs, waterfalls, tons of hiking
  7. SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Virginia
    • Highlight: Amazing views 75 miles outside D.C.
  8. ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colorado
    • Highlight: Wildlife – bighorn sheep, beavers, elk, & moose
  9. EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Florida
    • Highlight: Wildlife – alligators, manatees, & Florida panthers
  10. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona
    • Highlight: Seeing the size of this in person is unbeatable
  11. GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska
    • Highlight: Frequent Humpback Whale sightings
  12. KENAI FJORDS NATIONAL PARK, Alaska
    • Highlight: Glaciers
  13. ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine
    • Highlight: First place in US to see sunrise each morning
  14. GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Tennessee
    • Highlight: Tubing down the river
  15. ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah
    • Highlight: 2,000+ natural sandstone arches
  16. BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah
    • Highlight: Red, orange, and white rock formations
  17. CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, Utah
    • Highlight: Waterpocket Fold, a giant wrinkle in the earth
  18. ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah
    • Highlight: 15-mile long Zion Canyon
  19. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming
    • Highlight: Signal Mountain Summit for 360° view of the Tetons and Jackson Hole
  20. YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming
    • Highlight: Old Faithful

 

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