In 1872, the United States created the concept of the “national park” with the founding of Yellowstone. America’s natural parks offer you and your family the opportunity to take in stunning views and experience some of the most incredible miracles of nature this country has to offer.
No matter where you live, from Maine to San Diego, there’s a natural park not too far away, urging you to come and explore. Whether you’re in the mood for a vigorous hike or more inclined to relax quietly as the sun sets, National Parks provide a wide variety activities that can satisfy many appetites.
Note: Take special care to abide by the “leave no trace” ethics of outdoor recreation. Do your part to keep our National Parks clean and pristine for generations to come.
When planning your next trip to one of America’s beautiful National Parks, consider some of these activities for you and your family.
National parks can be great places to find challenging terrain to explore. You can choose to hike, bike, or climb the picturesque trails. Lace up your boots, grab your gear, and head off on your adventure. Make sure you take the necessary precautions before and during your trip, such as packing the appropriate amount of supplies, accounting for weather and sunlight, knowing what to do in the case of an animal encounter. Furthermore, don’t forget to plan your route carefully so that you don’t get lost.
On the Water
Many national parks also offer visitors the option of boating. Coast Guard approved floatation devices are required for all passengers. You can rent a kayak or canoe from the park for your marine voyage, or you can bring your own. If you are bringing your own vessel then you will require a valid permit and your boat must be inspected by park rangers prior to departure.
Unpack your basket and lay out a blanket – it’s time for a picnic. Most natural parks offer designated picnicking areas that have tables, as well as grills and fire grates if you want to prepare food on the spot. Just don’t forget the bug spray!
Listen and Learn
Learn more about the sights and sounds of national parks by taking a guided tour. Knowledgeable park rangers can educate you and your family on the history of the park and give you some interesting details about the wildlife that occupy the surrounding areas.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
You may not have to stray too far to catch a glimpse of the abundant and diverse wildlife that fill national parks. Check the visitor center of the particular park for more detailed information about the best time to see the animals in their natural habitat. Remember that the type of wildlife you see will vary the weather and the season.
Stay a While
Your national park adventure doesn’t have to end just because the sun goes down. Most national parks have a combination of pre-reserved campgrounds and first-come-first-serve sites, where you can pull up your RV or pitch a tent and enjoy a night under the stars.
From sea to shining sea, America’s national parks are waiting for you to visit and enjoy the outdoor experience!