Can you still remember the excitement the moment your parents announced a family vacation? That was unforgettable. You immediately become excited, and started imagining the adventures that you'd experience on the trip. What will the place look like? Are there parks? Are there beaches? Are there trees? Are there a lake or rivers? Well, kids…
Now that you’re a parent, it’s your turn to pass on that classic excitement to your children. In recognition of National Parks Month, here are a few favorites.
1. Great Smoky Mountains
With an estimated 9 million+ visitors a year, Great Smoky Mountains is considered as the country’s most visited National Park; obviously not just any ordinary park. Great Smoky is filled with majestic waterfalls and a huge portion covered in forest trees that shed beautiful leaves during autumn.
There are modern campsites that provide amenities and parking lots for vehicles. Don't forget the more than 70 mile Appalachian Trail in the backcountry. Adventure time!
2. Yellowstone National Park
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone. Recognized as a National Park since 1872, there are bazillion things to expect in this park. First is its uncanny natural grandeur, which has captivated numerous individuals across the globe, and the 2.2 million acres that are filled with breathtaking waterfalls and geysers. Wild herds of bison and elk have been roaming in this million acre land for millennia.
Summer visitors can take in views of geysers and wildlife, and enjoy river rafting, fishing, camping, hiking and more. Winter visitors can take in snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and dramatic, steam-filled views of geysers.
3. Yosemite National Park
It’s time to feed your wild imagination with the great Yosemite National Park. This place is home to some of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls, gigantic sequoias, vast meadows, mysterious canyons, and craggy mountains. If your family loves exploring nature, this is the ultimate destination.
Yosemite’s wild diversity of plants and animals attracts millions of visitors yearly. Yosemite's El Capitan cliff is considered among the most popular rock climbing spots in the world. Are you ready for adventure?
Want more parks to choose from? Check out this link on Wikipedia for a full list of all US National Parks. Embrace National Parks Month and make some memories with your cute family.