From the bloggers at Gone With the Family.
There are about 400 National Parks and monuments in the United States and its territories and they all offer something for everyone of varying ages and interests. Exploring these outdoor spaces are some of the most educational and cheapest family-friendly activities and vacations. My kids always look forward to participating in the Junior Ranger programs and earning their badges at each park. We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy these natural wonders. These are six of our favorites in the western part of the country.
Yellowstone National Park
America’s oldest National Park is a unique national treasure and one of the best parks to visit with kids. Straddling the states of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, it offers a diverse landscape of canyons, lakes, waterfalls and about 10,000 geothermal wonders (fumaroles, hot springs, mud pots, etc.) including over 500 geysers. There are many accessible boardwalks and self-guided trails for everyone to enjoy the otherworldly landscape of smoke and steam rising from the ground. Old Faithful geyser regularly erupts and is a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed and a hit with the kids.
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