Family Travel in the Great Outdoors

National parks can be excellent vacation destinations for families.  The beauty of the outdoors can be a great way to enjoy a family friendly vacation that is likely to appeal to adults, young children and adolescents.  Unlike other popular vacation destinations such as beaches, casinos and historic locations national parks offer something for everyone.  All age groups can enjoy the majestic beauty of towering mountains or the expansiveness of wooded areas. 

Yosemite National Park offers a great place for visitors to California to vacation.  Yosemite is enormous and can seem overwhelming in its breathtaking beauty.  Here you are surrounded by towering waterfalls and sequoias.  The park is also home to a variety of natural beauty including 37 types of trees and 1400 species of flowers.  Additionally there are over 350 forms of wildlife roaming the park. 

Travelers to Colorado may wish to visit Mesa Verde National Park.  Mesa Verde is known for the intricate cliff dwellings that were built by the ancient Anasazi civilization.  From 1200-1300 ancient people inhabited the cliffs of this national park.  The reason for there sudden departure is unknown and the mystery that surrounds these dwellings lends to the mystique of the area.  You may tour the dwellings only through guided tours but even viewing them from afar can be enchanting.

North Carolina offers Great Smoky National Park to visitors looking for a taste of the outdoors on their travel adventures.  This national park is synonymous with diversity of wildlife and plants.  The Great Smoky National Park is home to more than 100,000 species of wildlife including flowers, trees, mosses, mammals and reptiles just to name a few.  This national park gets its name from the misty haze that engulfs the park.  This mist is a result of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico combined with vapors given off by the abundant forests.  This mist creates a climate that is conducive to growth.  It is also this mist that makes the Great Smoky National Park such a great place for new life to develop and grow. In addition to the great amount of wildlife, this national park also boasts over 800 miles of trails making it an ideal location for those who want to enjoy the outdoors.

Everglades National Park gives travelers to Florida a chance to enjoy the wildlife and the outdoors.  This unique national park gives visitors the chance to explore the park through the vast water systems penetrating the park.  Exploring a national park via canoe may seem odd but Everglades National Park is truly a unique destination.  The park is home to nine environments ranging from swamps to prairies making it an ideal location for all types of growth. 

If you and your family are looking for a unique vacation idea, consider exploring any of the National Parks available.  Here you are likely to find a chance for you and your family to enjoy the outdoors while learning a little about our delicate eco balance.  Whether you are getting lost in the massive expanse of Yosemite, enjoying the variety of fauna and wildlife in Great Smoky or being amazed by the diversity of environments at Everglades or even visiting any of the other national parks, you are sure to find an enjoyable vacation for you and your family.




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