Traveling to new destinations can be hard when you’re towing a couple of kids and a tight budget. To overcome this, my family camped. A lot. My family camped so much, we could have been some type of Ranger family; we would pack up the van in less than an hour and be ready to go on the road before the sun even came up. Upon arriving, my brother would set up the tent, I would unload the food, and my dad would start the fire. It was a team effort. Well, except for my mom. She just relaxed.

Looking back, these camping trips were some of the best vacations I ever had with my family. The adventures were educational and fun, and we were always in a beautiful environment. And in the hopes that you’ll have as good a time in the Great Outdoors as I did, I leave you with this short list of National Parks offering great family camping opportunities. Each has something different to offer, but all provide a great setting to enjoy quality time with your family.

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1. Yosemite National Park

I’m a bit biased, because I’ve camped in Yosemite for the past seven years. It’s the most gorgeous place to camp, and there’s something there for everyone. If you want to do a sort of “intro to camping”, there are established campgrounds within the park (check here), or if your family is feeling a bit more adventurous, you can hike in a couple of miles and set up camp in the backcountry. Another great thing about Yosemite is that, even though it’s a large park, you can still see all of the major park sites from the main roads.

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2. Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park spans over 1,000,000 acres and two mountain ranges. It even includes more than 130 lakes! People have said over and over again that upon entering the park, they get a rush of excitement and feel genuinely awestruck. There are great lookout points on Sun Road and the park is full of that kind of scenery that lures people back over and over again. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a family of mountain goats or a herd of sheep.

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3. Yellowstone National Park

Geysers! Mud pots! Waterfalls! First named “Roche Jaune” or “Yellow River” by the French, this park has grown to be one of the most recognized national parks. The scenery is beautiful and the camping is very accessible. They have over 10 campgrounds and reservations can be made here. Make your reservations early though — the park fills up quick!

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4. Rocky Mountain National Park

The Rocky Mountain National Park is a great getaway for families. They put a specific focus on kids and have developed great programs to get children involved with the outdoors. From Junior Ranger programs to Scout Ranger programs, there are a number of different options to keep the kids entertained! For more information, please look here.

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5. Acadia National Park

Located right off the coast of Maine, this national park provides two different campgrounds that are within a 10-minute walk of the ocean. There are a variety of trails, including a few that even accommodate strollers. If for some reason the kids get tired of the park, you can take a boat trip to the nearby Cranberry Isles. And with both backcountry and vast ocean views, this National Park is one you won’t want to miss.

This summer, take a break from the indoors and head outside to heat up some s’mores and tell a couple of stories around the fire. Your kids will be sure to remember it forever.

 

5 Responses to “Top 5 Family-Friendly Camping Destinations”

  1. William E. Luna

    nice landscapes. Me, my specialty is portraits and I will cherish every moment I spent taking pictures.

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  2. St Marlo Homes

    I agree that camping is one of the best low cost vacations you can take. Beautiful scenery, cheap, spending time with family and friends…just doesn’t get any better.

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  3. Antiques Valuations

    Wow Yellowstone in particular looks spectaular, just hope people remember to bring a compass and some good navigational skills so they don’t end up getting lost!

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  4. laurenthermo

    Wow. These parks look amazing. My family and I are not really camping buffs, but I wish we were. It would afford us some quality time together which we don’t get a lot. And the pictures you posted of each park gives viewers some sort of excitement. I want to go camping this summer. I have always loved the outdoors but then we do not have the time to camp out. Plus, my mom doesn’t seem so fond of the outdoors. So that probably explains us never having been able to go camping. I can show them these pictures and hopefully, we will get to visit one of these. Thanks for posting this awesome blog!

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  5. Valerie Seitz

    Wow Acadia National Park seems to be cool place to visit! It is in Maine..Right? My last trip was a  the cruise trip to Rhode Island (Blount Small Ship Adventures – Rhode Island) . This time I shall plan for New England.

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