National Geographic’s 10 Best National Parks (and what to do there)
When planning Spring Break vacation for your family, a cruise, or a week at Atlantis might seem appealing for your kids. What you may not realize is you have a vacation getaway right in your own backyard. The best part about these nearby places of paradise is that they’re inexpensive, easy, and beneficial to both you and your world. You can find a 5-star resort anytime, anywhere.
So, next time you’re planning that week off, take your family to one of these 10 irreplaceable national parks:
- Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California – Take the Crystal Cave Tour through a 3-mile marble cavern.
- Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania – Walk or bike the battlefield where dramatic historical events took place.
- Alagnak Wild River, Alaska – River raft on Class I-III rapids through the river’s abundant and attractive wildlife.
- Santa Fe National Historic Trail, New Mexico and Oklahoma – Travel any portion of the 900-mile trail known as “The Great Prairie Highway.”
- Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, will be open on July 4, 2013, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy.
- Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia – Appreciate “America’s Favorite Drive” from the comfort of your vehicle, overlooking trails and stopping at overlooks.
- New Orleans Jazz Historical Park, Louisiana – Experience the Jazz Walk of Fame.
- Yosemite National Park, California – Spend a weekend backpacking and hiking among rivers, waterfalls and wildflowers.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii – Explore the East Rift and Coastal Area, descending 3,700 feet in 20 miles and ending where lava crossed.
- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona – The opportunities are endless!