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United States National Parks are great destinations to bring your kids! From Yosemite National Park in California to Acadia National Park in Maine, family-friendly choices span coast to coast. Many of these National Parks appeal to various interests as well, which includes age-appropriate trails, family programming, and more! Whether you’re the type of family who seeks extreme adventure or have little ones who’d prefer to just take it easy, visiting a National Park will prove a memorable vacation for everyone. West Coast families will definitely enjoy a visit to any of these West Coast National Parks For Kids. Gaze over Crater Lake National Park or colorful geysers at the famous Yellowstone! Bryce Canyon is another popular destination for families.  Combine it with nearby Zion National Park to make your vacation double-hitter! Traveling with a baby and feel unsure if visiting a National Park is safe? It’s completely possible!

Plus, did you know that fourth-graders across the United States can take advantage of a Free 4th-Grade National Park Pass? With all those savings in mind, it’s easier than ever to visit the best National Parks across the United States. Stargaze under towering red rocks at Arches National Park or take an Alaskan Adventure to Denali National Park and Preserve. Midwestern families shouldn’t feel left out of the fun, either, since there are a ton of viable, family-friendly State Parks in the Midwest too! South Dakota boasts the beautiful Custer State Park while Indiana houses Turkey Run. No matter which National Park you decide to visit, though, expect a full immersion into nature and lots of prior planning. Due to on-site accommodations filling up, some National Parks even rank the best vacations to plan a year in advance. Others have coveted, kid-friendly campgrounds that need to be booked fast!

The Best National Parks to Visit in Winter with Kids

Looking for an outdoor family vacation this winter? Using suggestions from our Facebook group, we’ve gathered and listed all the reasons why these are the best national parks to visit this winter. These national parks are the perfect escape from indoor activities, giving kids space to run around!

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A 16-Day US National Park Itinerary For Families

A 16-day cross-country itinerary is an amazing adventure for travel-loving families! Despite COVID-19, my family felt determined as ever to take a proper summer vacation in the United States. Keep reading for my detailed 16-day cross-country itinerary for families!

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4th-Grade National Park Pass: What You Need to Know

If you’re the parent of a 4th-grade student, it’s never been easier to plan a trip to one of the many extraordinary National Parks in the United States. The United States government has set up a special program, Every Kid Outdoors, allowing all 4th-graders and their families to experience our national treasures for no cost at all.

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6 Best West Coast National Parks For Kids

A visit to some of the best West Coast National Parks for kids will impress even the most seasoned adventurers! To help you plan a future vacation with kids, we’ve also compiled a list of the 6 Best West Coast National Parks For Kids. What could be better than a family adventure to one of these natural wonders?

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One Week Itinerary in Zion and Bryce With Kids

In April 2019, I traveled with my parents, sister, and family of five young children to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. We had such a wonderful time, I decided to round up all the activities we did and compile them into a one-week itinerary in Zion and Bryce with kids!

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6 Days in Acadia National Park with Kids

We drove to Acadia National Park in Maine from Northern Virginia. It’s a long drive is all I will say! But the LL Bean flagship is a good rest stop. We rented a house in Bar Harbor, which was suitable for our family, instead of 5 in one hotel room. I know it’s nice not to cook on vacation, but I was happy to do half and half and not have to take my kids to restaurants three times a day.

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A Family Guide for your Next Visit to Glacier Park

Glacier National Park in Montana is one of our favorite places to visit, especially with the children. The views are phenomenal and there are so many activities to take advantage of. I’m sharing my tips on enjoying your visit with young children, and also recommending some great spots outside of the park (including where to find the best cherries you will ever eat!).

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Canyons & National Parks with Baby

The most expensive photo ever sold in the world was taken at Antelope Canyon. It sold for a whopping $6.5 million dollars to a private collector in 2014. Since then, crowds have been flocking to see the famous canyons and capture the beauty of the Navajo sandstone.

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Top 10 National Parks for Families (U.S.)

Most parks have programs, like the Junior Rangers, specifically to keep kids engaged. Make sure to always stop at the Visitor Centers to be completely prepared and get tips on safety. If you feel like hiking through the parks may be too ambitious for you to do independently, you can always join a guided hike or hire a private guide.

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Planning a Family Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Everyone knows that Yellowstone National Park makes for a classic family vacation. Strolling the boardwalks around Old Faithful and taking photos of the Yellowstone River’s Lower Falls from Artist Point are things everyone should do in their lifetime. I’m sharing my tips for planning a family trip to Yellowstone National Park.

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