I come from a long line of campers. When I was a kid, we’d hit the road for a month every summer. This almost always included at least one national park visit along the way.
The memories made on these trips are still some of the fondest for me. That’s why — years later — I’m carrying on the tradition with my own family. While we can’t hit a different national park every summer, most of our big vacations are centered around one of these majestic beauties.
This nation’s parks are truly its treasures. As different as the states themselves, each on has its own character and charm. The scenery and beauty alone make the trip worthwhile, but there are a whole host of advantages to taking a family camping trip in a national park.
To start with, they’re economical. If you can do without hookups or own a generator, nightly rates start as low as $12. The sites are usually well-spaced and include some of the best scenery known to man. If you require more amenities, many parks also include an RV park too. Don’t have camping gear? That’s all right, because you can usually find a variety of cabins and camper cabins too.
If you’re worried that your kids might get bored, have no fear. National parks are jammed packed with fun things to do. From hiking to wildlife viewing to Junior Ranger programs and talks, there’s always something to do. Even better, most of these activities are free or reasonably priced.
Everyone’s tastes are different, and national parks are a versatile bunch. Mountain, beaches and volcanoes are just a few of the things you can see. Most important of all, camp in one of our national parks for the ultimate family bonding experience. You and your loved ones can build memories that will last a lifetime.
So if you’re making your summer vacation plans, why not consider a family camping trip to a national park? With more than 50 throughout the U.S., there’s bound to be one near you. For more information on the individual parks, activities and accommodations, visit the National Park Service website.