Visiting US National Parks & Monument is a great way to share the history and natural resources of the United States with your kids!
We love visiting national parks (and working on those Junior Ranger packets). Here are our best itineraries, park guides and all our advice to help your family park visits go smoothly.
Quick Tips for Visiting US National Parks
1. Get an Annual Park Pass. They are free for any family with a 4th grader, or $80 (as of 2021) per family. The pass covers everyone in your car, or up to four adults, and means you can leave and re-enter the park easily. Each pass is good for 12 months from purchase and pays for itself if you visit 3 or more parks per year.
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2. Plan Ahead. Lodging and lodge dining room reservations book up early. If you can, plan a year in advance.
3. Avoid Peak Season if Possible. Crowds are no fun, if you are even slightly off-season you’ll enjoy more quiet time and have more of the park to yourself. During peak season you may have to stress about finding a parking spot or even have to wait in line to park.