Are you looking to take the family on a vacation soon but the idea of going to your usual spot again bores you? If you want to switch things up, perhaps this year should be the first that your family ventures to a national park. A national park might not always be as glamourous as life on the beach, but you can still get to enjoy the outdoors and are likely to find a variety of other reasons why a national park vacation is a great choice.
There's One Closer Than You Think
Did you know that there are more than 400 national parks throughout the United States? This fact means that there is likely a park closer to you right now than you might believe. Sure, not every national park is Yellowstone, but all parks are a great opportunity to take a walk through the great outdoors and see some things you maybe haven't before.
If you can find a national park within driving distance, it might be possible to just pile the family into a car instead of buying everyone an expensive plane ticket. Actually, you could also save money by choosing to camp or otherwise stay on park property during your stay instead of paying for a hotel room. In fact, you may be able to find a local company that puts together family national park trips which may include lodging options near or inside the park that will save you money.
An Opportunity to Learn No Matter Your Age
A national park is a great opportunity for your kids to learn some new things. They may encounter wildlife they've only seen in textbooks or see wildlife they've never even heard of. Many national parks offer tour options, including those that are guided as well as self-service. You don't have to be a kid to learn something new though, chances are even you and your spouse might enjoy picking up some new information about the world around you.
Unique Photo Opportunities
Once you've seen one photo of someone standing on a beach, you've pretty much seen them all. Yes, posting yet another album from a beach trip or your visit to the amusement park is fun, but if you really want to put together a photo collection that will attract attention on social media, you can't beat a national park. There are likely to be beautiful vistas everywhere you turn, and just wait until you catch a glimpse of a sunrise or sunset.
Use these suggestions to start planning your family national park trip.