Top National Parks for Families, USA



5 Bucket-list national parks that each offer something unique for you & your kids

Junior Ranger Program at Yellowstone National Park

Why go?

We at KidTripster love all our national parks. Each offers intrepid families an opportunity to experience the great outdoors together. But if you made us choose, we'd pick these five parks as bucket listers! Watch the videos below for inspiration. Then click the links to read more detail on the ins-and-outs of each park, including what to do, where to stay, where to eat, when to go, and how to get there.

1/Glacier National Park, Montana

This park gets our vote for most awe-inspiring scenery. Make sure to explore beyond the Going-to-the-Sun Road and hike deeper into the park to see the disappearing glaciers and aquamarine glacial lakes. To read about our favorite hike and more, click here.

2/Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is one of the country's most popular national parks for good reason. Beyond Old Faithful and the rainbow-hued geothermal features, we choose this park for families because of the high probability of seeing wildlife: American bison, Grizzly bears, black bears, elk, moose, coyotes, and more. Read how to tackle this diverse and enormous park here.

3/Zion National Park, Utah

Cut by the Virgin River, Zion is a stunning park which is best explored on foot. What makes this park especially well-suited to families is its accessibility; the park's convenient shuttle system delivers you right to all the best trails. For our list of favorite hikes, read here.

4/Arches National Park, Utah

Arches is home to what we consider to be the national park hike with the biggest payoff: Delicate Arch. Yes, you're likely to work up a sweat, but the setting is nothing short of spectacular. Beyond this iconic trek, read about other activities in the park and surrounding area here.

5/Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Heard of it? If not, that's ok. After visiting, you'll probably want to keep it a secret. Hands down, Great Sand Dunes is our favorite for family fun. Can you say sand sledding and sand boarding? Read more here.

Editor Shellie Bailey-Shah travels to national parks with her husband and two sons.  She’s logged thousands of miles behind the wheel of the family’s RV.

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