Do you have a week or so off work to explore? Are the kids out of school for the summer and you don’t want them to spend their time playing video games and watching Netflix? Try visiting one of the many national parks that we have right here in our backyard, the good old United States of America.
First of all, there are many parks around the country. If you want to get the most out of any particular park, you will need to spend some time there. Taking a tour of all the national parks around the country will take more time than any family could do in one summer.
Yellowstone National Park
Probably the most famous park in the country, Yellowstone is home to Old Faithful, the geyser that spews water at predicted times. The park boasts numerous wildlife species and plants. It’s truly a trip through nature!
The park offers lodging and campsites, a vital step in enjoying a week here. You’ll want to rest up for those days of fishing, or birdwatching, or you can spend your days learning about the vast ecology.
More than 4 million visitors flock to Yellowstone each year, so you’ll want to plan ahead. The lodges especially go fast, but you can also use an RV at the campsites. Yellowstone should be a bucket list item for you. It’s a
magical place that all should visit before they die.
This should be another bucket list item for you and your family. The canyon that is a mile deep and 18 miles wide is a geological marvel millions of years in the making.
You will of course want to see the canyon itself, and a recently installed observation deck provides the best view. The Northern Rim is open only in the warmer months, so you will want to take advantage of seeing it during the summer. The park offers camping and lodges, but book in advance. You will be making lasting memories for years to come. Here is a closer look at the Grand Canyon.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Situated on the Florida Panhandle, this beach national park offers a history lesson while standing on the world’s whitest beaches. Pensacola Beach offers something for all families to enjoy.
First you will want to visit Fort Pickens, a Civil War-era fort that once housed Native American Geronimo. The kids will love exploring the ins and outs of the fort, and you’ll love the gorgeous views of the Gulf of
The park offers campsites for RVs, or you can stay at one of the many hotels on Pensacola Beach. If you go at the right time, you can even watch the Navy’s Blue Angels practice or enjoy their Pensacola Beach show.
You’ll also want to drive along the beach on J. Earle Bowden Way. You’ll find 10 miles of undisturbed beach between Pensacola Beach and Navarre. It’s truly a sight to behold!
Whether you like scenic nature, beaches, or geology, there’s a national park for you and your family. This summer, make lasting memories by visiting one of our many national parks. For the money, you can’t beat the value that they provide.