There is no better way to build lasting memories with your family than the great outdoor experiences that our exceptional national parks provide. All the 400+ parks have special events that you can make the most of all year long. We’ve narrowed down the list to the Top 5 National Parks for Family Vacations to make your choice a little easier. Jaw-dropping terrains, amazing caves, and volcanoes all await you.
Haleakala National Park
Of all the hiking experiences you can look forward to when you visit Maui, none of them compares to the Haleakala Crater. The landscape comprises of two enormous gaps that make up the erosional valley. The lava offers artistic colors and shapes along with diverse textures that you can take in. Flora and fauna of all kinds have made this landscape home. The intense climate has not hindered the survival of the eye-catching silverswords whose hairy leaves are enough to reflect the scorching sun. They are part of the Kipahulu valley biological reserve that also comprises of the lobelia and ohia plant species.
You’ll also be treated to the beautiful scenery at the pools of Ohe’o Gulch area as you head towards the eastern slope. The black lava beds and red cinder cones provide a great reclining site as you make plans for the afternoon. Before you leave the park, ensure that you have a glimpse of the rare nene (Hawaiian geese). The sunrise is amazing, and the beautiful stars may keep you awake through the night.
Haleakala Crater, Haleakala National Park
Yosemite National Park
If you are looking for a suitable hiking area in late spring, Yosemite is the place for you and your family. You’ll see the world-famous sequoia trees that have been around for countless centuries. The California Tunnel tree and the Grizzly Giant stand out from the rest of the park. You’ll only hike for four miles to get to them. At the Nature Center, your kids can enjoy the Junior Ranger treat as they take in the beauty of the Happy Islands. The park has thirteen amazing camping sites that you can call home during your stay.
Yosemite National Park
Zion National Park
The sandstone cliffs of the Utah national park have sites that will leave you hungry for more. From the hanging gardens to the ‘weeping’ rock, your kids will have more than they could ever ask for. Spend the afternoon at the Nature Center as they make sense of their science classes. Before you get to the Lower Emerald Pools, the trail will give you a lot to marvel at. Its rich history is made evident courtesy of the animals and flourishing plants available. The park’s wilderness is awash with striking deserts and beautiful canyons that you can descend as you gaze at the colorful scenery. Visit the less congested Kolob Canyons for a sneak preview of what the park is all about.
Zion National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
The whole of Colorado’s great topography is summed up by the Rocky Mountains in this park. The whitewater falls that characterize the Adams Falls are only a half-a-kilometer away from the camping center. Advanced mountain climbers will also have their fair share of fun through the numerous trails available. Wolverines, grizzly bears, and beavers are some of the abundant wildlife you are sure to find. If you visit the park during summertime, you may catch a glimpse of the bighorn sheep.
Yellowstone National park
For high altitude enthusiasts, the Sundance Mountain is a great place to begin. You’ll enjoy great views from 12,466 feet high only a mile away from the camping site. You could also opt for the extended 3.8 miles Emerald lake trail that will take you past three lakes. At the Old Faithful, you can have a glimpse of the periodic boiling water sprays. Located in Wyoming, the park offers visitors a taste of majestic peaks along with the rugged wilderness. The trumpeter swans have attracted tourists from all over and will give your kids something to talk about long after you get back to your daily routines.
Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
These national parks allow you to enjoy great backcountry and frontcountry camping experiences. Most families prefer the latter, but if you are looking for solitude and amazing thrills from nature, then backcountry camping will be the best for you. Frontcountry camping is akin to living in a neighborhood, and you’ll make a couple of friends thanks to the campfire gatherings. Whatever your choice, be prepared for an experience of a lifetime at any of these Top 5 National Parks for Family Vacations.