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Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks

02.26.18

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  • Bicycling along the Upper Geyser Basin multi-use trail in Yellowstone National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Celestine Pool in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park. - Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • First views of the ocean on the Wonderland Trail. - Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Rugged coastline along the the Cliff Trail of Isle Au Haut, Acadia National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • The Great Meadow often harbors deer. Jesup Path in Acadia National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Dry river beds snake through the interesting formations in Badlands National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Walking the Notch Trail in Badlands National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Sunset at Saguaro West.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • View of the Pools of 'Ohe'o Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) in Haleakeā National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Vibrant sunset from the Discovery Point Trail in Crater Lake National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from below Paradise Glacier.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • A short hike that is worth the effort in Rocky Mountain National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Taking in the daunting redwoods in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • The nature trails are an excellent choice for families.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Wall Street Mill Hike.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • The big ladder is well-secured but a bit shakey!- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • View of Balcony House in Mesa Verde National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • View from inside Tower Arch, Arches National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • The view of Arches National Park looking out from Double Arch.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • The beginning of the Kolob Canyon Scenic Drive.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Kolob Canyons Viewpoint in Zion National Park from the Timber Creek Overlook Trail.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • View of the Upper and Lower Emerald Pools Falls in Zion National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Canyon Overlook, Zion National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Yosemite National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Tenaya Lake, Yosemite National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • The path to Lower Yosemite Falls is paved and ADA accessible.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Lower Yosemite Falls.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • May Lake in Yosemite National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Lake Crescent from Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • A perfect driftwood camp - and campfires are allowed! La Push Second Beach, Olympic National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
  • Quinault Rainforest Nature Loop Trail in Olympic National Park.- Favorite Family-friendly Hikes in U.S. National Parks
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Are you considering taking your family on a national park road trip? Great!—stop thinking about it. Go out and do it.

America’s national parks are truly our nation’s best idea, and for your family they represent a lifetime of memories in the making. Not only will visiting a national park offer quality, good old-fashioned family time where you can truly catch up with one another, the physical exploration of the park is good for the body, soul, and mind.

National parks are in many ways the educational stronghold of this country. They tell the story of our geological and cultural past. They include some of the most breathtaking places, the kinds of bucket-list destinations that you will want to visit again and again.

Also, if you haven’t ever invested in an annual pass to all the national parks, 2018 might be the best year to start doing it. With the proposed fee hike to get into some of these parks, it’s actually now more economical to pay the $90 annual pass rather than the $70 one-time access fee. Get your money’s worth and visit as many as you can!

So don’t wait and don’t hesitate. Plan your family's trip to a national park ASAP. To make it easier for you, here is a list of our favorite national parks and the family-friendly adventures (short, easy hikes) you can explore in each of them.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Badlands National Park, South Dakota 

Arches National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Yosemite National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Olympic National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai'i

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Here are more must-see national parks. Click through to see more family-friendly adventures listed on each page. 

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Haleakalā National Park, Hawai'i

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Redwood National + State Parks, California

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

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