“Hey guys, want to go to the Grand Canyon this weekend?”
“That’s too far.”
“I’m so glad I have to work.”
“I’m not doing that.”
Excuses, excuses fly from the mouths of our four teenagers who seem done with family adventuring and memory-making.
That’s why you do a 7-month family sabbatical around the USA and hit as many National Parks as you can before your kids become teenagers! We had our foursome exactly where we wanted them in 2014 when we wore out our National Park pass traveling 44 states by RV.
Here are 8 of our National Park Service Family Favorites
1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – North Carolina and Tennessee
2. Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah
Are you familiar with Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks? We only hit two of them and hope to knock out the other three soon!
3. Zion National Park – Utah
4. Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming
5. Glacier National Park – Montana
Glacier National Park is out of this world! Despite the rainy weather and cooler temperatures, this park was absolutely stunning.
Get your kids involved in the Junior Ranger program, where they can earn badges or patches by filling out workbooks at each National Park for free.
Our kids have quite the collection of earned badges and have many fun memories attached to each one.
6. Carlsbad Caverns National Park – New Mexico
Carlsbad Caverns was one of a few caves we hit along our tour of the US. Try to go when the “Bat Flight” program happens every evening from Memorial Day through October at 7 p.m.
Or take a candlelit guided tour through the cave for a unique experience!
7. Mount Rushmore National Memorial – South Dakota
8. Devils Tower National Monument – Wyoming
Devils Tower is only a 2 1/2 hour drive from Mount Rushmore.