With spring just a few weeks away, it won't be long before families start planning their summer vacations. Stellar family vacations do not have to cost an arm and a leg. If you're looking for a bucket-list vacation with a budget-friendly price tag, put a national park at the top of your wish list.
By definition, national parks are special places deserving of preservation, notable for their spectacular scenery, unique geological features, or other outstanding characteristics. For families, national parks are the ideal road-trip destination. Visiting a park instills an appreciation for the sheer beauty of our country and an opportunity connect with the great outdoors in a way that may be otherwise difficult in our busy work-a-day lives. Kids can participate in junior ranger programs and ranger-led activities that highlight the special features of each park.
No camping gear? No problem. The vast majority of parks offer a choice of lodges, cabins, or other affordable digs either inside the park or just outside it.
With 60 national parks in the United States, you are likely to live within a day's drive of a spectacular park. Here are some of the most popular national parks and their don't-miss activities for families.