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Best National Parks to Visit with Kids and Teens

Best National Parks to Visit with Kids and Teens

Which national parks are the best to visit with kids and teens on family vacation? We’ve rounded up 21 of the best parks across America for your next road trip! See why each park stands out, what to do, where to stay and why these national parks should be at the top of your travel bucket list.

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Outdoor family adventure travel to Georgia’s biggest barrier island: Cumberland Island National Seashore. Forests, natural beaches, sand dunes, wild horses, historic mansions and more. Unraveling tales of man and nature over hundreds of years. Camp overnight to explore more of 9,800 acres of wilderness.

How to get a FREE National Park Pass in the USA

How to get a FREE National Park Pass in the USA

Every Kid in a Park helps fourth graders get their families into U.S. national parks for free this entire school year. Find your park and get out there! Plus, learn how to easily get your free park pass if you are in the military, for a low price if you are a senior citizen, and more.

Guided canyoneering with kids near Zion National Park

Guided canyoneering with kids near Zion National Park

Have you ever wanted to go canyoneering? Rappel through slot canyons on this awesome guided family adventure when you explore Zion National Park.

Day trip to Joshua Tree National Park

Day trip to Joshua Tree National Park

Day trip to Joshua Tree National Park with kids. Drive through and stop to explore: climb jumbo rocks, hide out in Hidden Valley, and star-gaze at the local observatory with your family in this gorgeous desert park.

Day Trip to California’s Channel Islands National Park

Day Trip to California’s Channel Islands National Park

How to plan a day exploring Channel Islands National Park.  Hop on the Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz for hiking, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba, plus flora and fauna only found on this island!

Exploring Yosemite National Park with Kids

Exploring Yosemite National Park with Kids

Exploring Yosemite National Park leads you to majestic waterfalls, Half Dome, El Capitan, hikes galore, and the best camping is in the park.  Here’s things to do with kids for five days and nights.

Yosemite Camping Tips

Yosemite Camping Tips

How to get a walk-in tent camp site in Yosemite National Park. The only first-come, first-serve campground in the valley is Camp 4.  Popular among rock climbers and families alike, make this your camping destination of choice when headed to California parks.

General Sherman - the superhero of Sequoia National Park

General Sherman - the superhero of Sequoia National Park

Meet General Sherman and hike the easy Congress Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get lost among the giant Sequoia Redwoods. Fall in love with these tall, hearty trees as they take you in.

Hiking Yosemite's Mist Trail with kids

Hiking Yosemite's Mist Trail with kids

Hike the Mist Trail in Yosemite with kids! A stunning experience with family in one of the best national parks. Soak in Vernal and Nevada Falls and take the John Muir trail on the way back down to the valley. Plan well, be smart, and make unforgettable memories with your family.

Road Trip through Utah's Mighty Five

Road Trip through Utah's Mighty Five

Embark on an adventurous road trip through Utah’s Mighty. This family vacation explores Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce, and Zion national parks.  What are you waiting for?  Add this slice of heaven to your bucket list today!

California road trip through 5 national parks

California road trip through 5 national parks

An epic two week family road trip through California national parks & major cities. An itinerary and budget covering Joshua Tree, Channel Islands, Los Angeles, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, & San Francisco.  Join us for the ride!

Camping near Grand Canyon's South Rim

Camping near Grand Canyon's South Rim

Tips for visiting the Grand Canyon’s South Rim on summer vacation. Explore this national park with your family by hopping on and off the Hermit Road shuttle and consider camping at Mather Campground.

Capitol Reef - Canyon Country Blitz

Capitol Reef - Canyon Country Blitz

Camping near the Fremont River near a century old fruit orchard in the middle of Capitol Reef National Park sounded idyllic... Our time was unforgettable to say the least.  This gorgeous park is layered in loads of history and endless exploration. 

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Only have 24 hours or less to zip through Bryce National Park?  The hoodoos of Bryce shouldn't be missed!  On the road between Capitol Reef and Zion, an overnight in this park ranked high as a family favorite during a two-week blitz through six national parks.     

Arches & Canyonlands in Utah's Mighty Five

Arches & Canyonlands in Utah's Mighty Five

Arches National Park is great destination to kick off a family road trip through Utah’s Mighty Five. Hiking, climbing, and more as you base yourself in Moab, a funky, hip town.

Biking and hiking Zion National Park

Biking and hiking Zion National Park

Zion wrapped its arms around us and did not want to let go. A day of biking and another day hiking the Narrows left us wanting more. During our canyon country blitz through six national parks in the southwest, Zion ranked as a family favorite! 

Yellowstone for all ages

Yellowstone for all ages

From Old Faithful to Hayden Valley and all of the wildlife, geysers, hot springs, mud pots, hiking trails and swimming holes in between, Yellowstone makes for one rad family vacation for kids, tweens, teens, moms, dads, and more!