10 Places You Should Take Your Kids

10 Places You Should Take Your Kids

By Michelle Valenti
Active.com

Forget expensive theme parks: Take your family camping and see some of the most beautiful destinations in the U.S. And if none of these options hit home, find another spot.

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Established in 1872, Yellowstone is America's oldest national park. Take the kids to see Old Faithful then hop down to Grand Teton National Park. Camp at the West Entrance KOA?

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier's 700 miles of trails offer hikers every opportunity to experience one of the most pristine places in the U.S. Stay at St. Mary Campground ?

 

Badlands

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

With 37 million year-old fossil beds, this pre-historic park will thrill the scientist in your family. The eroded pinnacles create an almost erie landscape with endless opportunities to explore. Stay at the White River KOA Campground ?

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Adventurous families can plod to the top of 14,259-foot Long's Peak but those who stick to the 8,000-foot valleys won't miss out on breathtaking views of the Rockies. Camp at Aspenglen ?

Redwoods National Park

Redwoods National Park, California

It's impossible to know their grandeur until you stand beneath the redwoods. But that's not all there is to see. Redwood National and State Parks extend from Northern California into Oregon with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Camp at the Crescent City Redwoods KOA ?

Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Utah

Best known for its rust-red slot canyons that glow in the sun's rays, Zion's massive canyon walls and georgeous waterfalls also impress. Hike or bike through the park, or take ranger-guided tours including a two hour night hike. Camp at the Watchman Campground ?

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Introduce your kids to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Experience the Grand Canyon by hiking up top, or go rafting down below. Camp at the North Rim Campground ?

Death Valley

Death Valley, California

Tour 3.4 million acres of desert and mountains in Death Valley--the largest national park in the contiguous United States. Sitting 282 feet below sea level, it's also the lowest, hottest and driest valley in the U.S. Read More ?

Acadia

Acadia National Park, Maine

Maine's dramatic coastline sets the stage for Acadia National Park where visitors can hike and bike more than 120 miles of historic trails, and take ranger-guided boat tours. Stay at the Blackwoods Campground ?

Ozarks

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

There are over 300 caves and springs to explore where two spring-fed rivers meet creating the Ozark Scenic Riverway. Explore the river in canoes, kayaks or inner tubes. Camp at Alley Springs ?

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