Explore National Parks

We’ve got insider tips on some of the very best National Parks the United States has to offer. Find your next adventure destination and our best tips for each location!

ALASKA & HAWAII

GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK

On a recent Alaskan cruise, we stopped at Glacier Bay National Park. This park is only accessible via boat. The glaciers are stunning and we saw lots of wildlife. Add this park to your bucket list.

HAWAI'I VOLCANOES
NATONAL PARK

Located on the island of Hawaii (also know as the Big Island), Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers the opportunity to explore around an active volcano. .

ARIZONA

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Located in northwestern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is known for its scenic overlooks, hikes, rivers, waterfalls, mule rides and more.

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK

Full of unique sites like Jasper Forest and trails like the Painted Desert Rim Trail, the Petrified Forest is definitely worth a visit.

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK

Named for the giant saguaro cactus, there is something awe-inspiring and special about wandering among these gentle giants.

CALIFORNIA

DEATH VALLEY

The largest National Park (outside of Alaska), Death Valley has a variety of unique things to see. Salt Flats, narrow canyons, sand dunes, and more. Just a few hours from Las Vegas, and makes a great day trip from there.

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK

A small park in California not far from the Bay Area, Pinnacles is famous for its Talus Caves and its soaring condors. Don't miss hiking among the towering High Peaks..

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

A family favorite, Yosemite National Park has so many must-sees. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. You'll find giant sequoia trees, the famous Half Dome and the towering Bridal Veil Fall.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

This park quickly became a new favorite with all of the fun rock features and climbing for our kids to enjoy. There are many family-friendly trails to see canyons, trees, rocks, arches, and more. Don't miss Skull Rock!

DEVILS POSTPILE
NATIONAL MONUMENT

This national monument lies on the east side of Yosemite and features unique rock formation and the stunning
Rainbow Falls.

COLORADO

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT

Located just outside Grand Junction Colorado, there are beautiful red rocks, a large canyon with a scenic drive, and several hiking trails.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

We fell in love with this Park.It's full of incredible hikes through mountains, there is an abundance of wildlife, lakes and more.

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK

Mesa Verde is one of 3 amazing Native American history sites in the Four Corners area. There is so much to learn and see here.

GREAT SAND DUNES

Massive sand dunes lay in front of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where you can sand sled or sand board. This is a great park for star gazing, too.

BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON

One of the lesser known National Parks, but the deep canyon is stunning to see with its dark black walls. Lots of beautiful views in this park and many scenic drives.

IDAHO & FLORIDA

CRATERS OF THE MOON NATIONAL PARK

Looking for an adventure in Idaho? We learned about volcanoes here. Explored caves, or lava tube tunnels — don't forget to bring a good flashlight.

CASTILLO DE SAN MARCOS MONUMENT

Next stop... Florida! This National Monument is a great way to spend a few hours learning some amazing American History.

INDIANA, MISSOURI, OHIO

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy the dunes along Lake Michigan, as well as the wetlands of the Indiana Dunes National Park.

GATEWAY ARCH NATIONAL PARK

An iconic site in the Midwest, don't miss a stop at the Gateway Arch in St. Luis. Definitely take the tour to go inside the arch and view the Mississippi River from inside.

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

One of the greenest National Parks we have visited. This park has beautiful waterfalls, lots of wildlife, train rides, and tons more.

NEBRASKA

AGATE FOSSIL BEDS MONUMENT

A surprise in the far west corner of Nebraska. This tiny site may not be worth a long drive, it can certainly help to break up a long drive if you're traveling cross country.

SCOTTS BLUFF NATIONAL MONUMENT

One of many historic sites along the Oregon Trail, located in western Nebraska, Scott’s Bluff has a small museum, some trails, and a scenic drive through several tunnels to the top of the bluff.

NEW MEXICO

AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT

This became one of our favorite sites on a recent trip to the Four Corners area. It's one of three sites protected by the National Park Service.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK

This mother-of-all-caves is located in the southeast corner of New Mexico, but we all agreed it was worth the drive. So many incredible features.

CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL PARK

Chaco Canyon is probably the quietest of the 3 sites in the Four Corners area protected by the parks system because it is quite a trip to get there.

PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT

One of the largest petroglyph sites in North America is found at Petroglyph National Monument. There is a Visitor’s Center and several hikes that allow you to see thousands of ancient petroglyphs.

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT

275 square miles of central New Mexico is covered by great dunes of gypsum sand, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. This pure white sand is just the color of sugar and twice as soft. The sand never gets hot because it reflects the sunlight.

MONTANA & NORTH DAKOTA

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

You would have to spend weeks here and you still wouldn't be able to see all that this beautiful park has to offer. We've got all the tips for a successful trip right here.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT
NATIONAL PARK

Experience the grasslands of the midwest and spot the bison wandering through this park. Beautiful views and easy trails make this a very family-friendly park to visit.

GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK

Only 3 hours from Salt Lake, the Great Basin National Park has high summits, sage-covered foothills, ancient pines, and mysterious subterranean passages.

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Located in the Texas panhandle with mountains, canyons, deserts, and majestic vistas, all combine to offer opportunities for personal renewal.

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK

One of the first parks in the east, this park is a bursting with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, and quiet wooded hollows.

SOUTH DAKOTA

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

In the middle of the desert, the Badlands are known as the land of stone and light, the rugged beauty draws visitors from around the world.

JEWEL CAVE
NATIONAL MONUMENT

The third longest cave in the world holds many interesting formations. The main guided tour is not for the feint of heart with about 600 stairs.

MINUTEMAN MISSILE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

History buffs will love this site as it tells the story of the Cold War. If you're in South Dakota, it's worth a stop. It is fairly new and still, but full of history.

MOUNT RUSHMORE MONUMENT

We highly recommend planning a road trip to see this American treasure. It's a great national historic site that features the figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Surrounded by the Black Hills of South Dakota.

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK

Another cave in South Dakota — this one is worth the visit. Snag a guided tour, our ranger here was definitely a good one and that made a big difference. There are a few unique things to do here including the visitor's center and there is quite a bit of wildlife.

UTAH

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

Arches is very beautiful with deep red rock, clear blue skies, and many kid-friendly hikes. This is easily our favorite national park in Utah.

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Another crown jewel in Utah! There's so much to do and it's very accessible with paved trails to the viewpoints.
Capitol Reef National Park

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK

We love finding unique spots in Utah that are a little less traveled, and the area around Capitol Reef fits that description.

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Full of incredible hikes for young families to explore through countless canyons carved by the Colorado River.

CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT

Sitting at over 10,000 feet and looking down into a deep geologic amphitheater, wander among the pines and rocks.

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT

Known as the Dinosaur Capitol of the World. There is a lot to see and do including seeing fossils and hiking.

GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

The Golden Spike National Historic Site was established as a park to remember the meeting of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads in 1869.

GRAND STAIRCASE NATIONAL MONUMENT

Despite the ruggedness, we found some fun things to do in this vast wilderness, and we’ve collected them for you here in this post.
Tower ruins in Hovenweep National Monument

HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT

Far down in the corner of Utah, it's often overlooked. We were so excited when we were able to visit this fascinating park and found lots of family friendly activities.

NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT

This is an amazing place in southeastern Utah, but it is not visited very often. This park was the first National Monument in Utah (1908).

TIMPANOGOS CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT

Timpanogos Cave National Monument is an adventure that everyone from Utah Valley should definitely do at least once in their life.

ZION NATIONAL PARK

This park, located in southern Utah is ranked in some polls as one of the top 5 National Parks in the country. Follow the paths where native people and pioneers walked.

WASHINGTON

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

One of the oldest parks in the system. Mount Rainier is considered an active volcano, and it dominates the skyline on a clear day, from as far away as Seattle.

NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK

North Cascades National Park is a more remote park, only a few hours from Seattle, but it is tricky to technically step foot in North Cascades National Park.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

We’ve had Olympic National Park on our bucket list for a long time. This is because it is large, rife with wildlife, and thick with natural beauty.

WASHINGTON DC

FORD'S THEATRE

Ford’s Theater was our favorite stop in Washington, DC. This theater where Abraham Lincoln was shot is now run by the National Park Service.

THE WHITE HOUSE

You will have to contact your member of Congress or Senate to get a tour of the White House. The tour is all self-guided, and it's totally worth it.

NATIONAL MALL MONUMENTS

The west end of the National Mall in D.C. is full of icons that most people have only seen on the back of their money.

WYOMING

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone is America’s first national park and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Millions of people visit it every year to see active geysers, wildlife, and other geological wonders. We’ll help you find all the “must see” spots.

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK

Right next door to Yellowstone are the Grand Tetons. Named for the beautiful mountains that tower above the unique landscape below. The hikes, rivers, and lakes you'll find here are stunning and there is plenty of wildlife. We've visited over 10 times.

DEVIL'S TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT

Devil’s Tower is an amazing rock formation that stands straight up almost a thousand feet above the surrounding terrain. It is split into columns, and most geologists think it was formed as part on an ancient volcano. This was the first national monument!

FOSSIL BUTTE NATIONAL MONUMENT

Our kids love fossils and dinosaurs, so Fossil Butte seemed like a natural destination. No dinos, but this prehistoric lake features fossils plants, fish, and other lake dwellers. The monument has a really nice museum that we spent a lot of time exploring.