9 National Parks to Put on Your Radar
By Michelle Valenti
Pack up your car for a weekend trip to one of these beautiful spots across the country. Purchase and Annual Park Pass, and see more less.
With 80 miles of coastline and 150 miles of trails you will never get bored. Go whale watching, ocean kayaking, mountain biking and hiking. Also visit dairy and horse ranches, and enjoy some of California's most pristine beaches. Read More »
Bike or drive the scenic Bajada and Cactus Forest Loops or plan an overnight backpacking trip through 57, 937 acres of wilderness. Read More »
Unique geological limestone spires create an inspiring playground for kids and adults alike. Choose from a number of day-hikes to explore the area on foot, or go by horseback. Read More »
Learn about the Pueblo people as you explore 600 cliff dwellings. Attend an evening campfire talk to learn more about the area. Read More »
Join one of the interpretive programs to learn about local wildlife, people, geology and astrology, and sign your kids up early for the popular Bandelier Daycamp. Read More »
Take in the views at the Chisos Mountain Basin, book a float trip down the Rio Grande, and bike more than 150 miles of roads and trails.
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Sand dunes rising 200 feet from Lake Michigan's shore offer plenty of room for kids to run and play in this 15,000-acre park. Learn More»
"Shoot the Hooch" (as the locals say) in a kayak, canoe or raft. Or spend your time on the shore with a fishing pole in hand. Either way, the river makes for a great outdoor escape. Read More »
Soak in Revolutionary War history at Valley Forge, site of the Continental Army's '77-'78 winter camp. Be sure to sign your kids up for the Junior Ranger Adventure Camp. Read More »