With 59 national parks and over 100 national monuments in America, choosing which one to visit can feel overwhelming. Luckily, we here at AffordableTours.com have put together a list of suggestions, the must-see national parks that make for the best experiences for families. Consider one of these five for your next vacation:
Yosemite National Park
Covering 747,000 acres of eastern California, Yosemite National Park was the third-most-visited national park in America in 2014, and is best known for its granite cliffs and waterfalls.
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Rocky Mountain National Park
On 415 square miles, Rocky Mountain National Park brings all the natural beauty and wonder of Colorado to one place. Hiking trails, waterfalls, and mountains are only part of the experience. The abundant wildlife is rich and unparalleled, particularly in the summer, when species like bighorn sheep wander down from the higher peaks.
Grand Canyon National Park
The titular Grand Canyon is arguably America’s most impressive landmark. At 277 miles long, you’ll have hours to explore and look for the best views of this rich and colorful expanse, with its multi-colored rock layers. If you travel along Desert View Drive, you’ll see multiple locations especially for viewing the canyon, as well as picnic tables for dining.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is most famous for Old Faithful, the natural geyser which has released its spray of boiling water approximately every 90 minutes since at least 1870. (It was only then that explorers officially discovered and named the feature.) If you’re interested in seeing it up close, don’t worry– the park rangers and other authorities track its cycle and will let you know when the next eruption is expected.
Zion National Park
An occasionally overlooked state for natural beauty, Utah contains its share of rich expanses and lovely mountains and cliff faces. Zion Park contains an expansive canyon, which offers many hiking opportunities– The Narrows may be the best place for inexperienced hikers to begin– as well as being a standout visual feature. In addition to the canyon, Zion Park contains some remarkable natural rock arches. The Crawford and the Kolob are the two most well-known and prominent.
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