National and State Parks

National Parks, National Monuments and State Parks are great family destinations. They feed the minds and souls of children and adults alike. They are beautiful and unique and inexpensive.  Here are some national and state parks that are worth the trip.

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The U.S. national parks are a bargain any day of the year, but there are several ways that you can pay even less! Get the current list of fee-free days and find out if you're eligible for a free or discounted annual pass! | | travel | spring break | summer vacation | travel deals | budget travel

Ways to Save on National Park Fees

Can You Swim in the Great Salt Lake? | | Utah | summer vacation

Antelope Island State Park – Utah

Top spots for families in Arches National Park, Utah | | family hikes | Delicate Arch | spring break | fall break

Arches National Park – Utah

See wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore | | Maryland | Virginia | camping | beach | summer vacation | family travel

Assateague Island National Seashore – Maryland and Virginia

6 FUN things to do at Badlands National Park with kids | | South Dakota | findyourpark | summer vacation ideas | familytravel

Badlands National Park – South Dakota

6 Tips for visiting Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park | | summer vacation | road trip ideas | family travel

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – Colorado

Top stops for families in Bryce Canyon National Park | | summer vacation | Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park – Utah

Winter in Bryce Canyon National Park. No crowds, inexpensive and ABSOLUTELY spectacular! | | Utah

Winter in Bryce Canyon – Utah

Our review of the Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel for families. This is the closest hotel outside the park - it's just outside the gates. | | lodging | hotels near Bryce Canyon | Ruby's Inn

Hotel Review: Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Why you HAVE to see Burntcoat Head Park in Nova Scotia, Canada | | family vacation | summer travel | Bay of Fundy tides

Burntcoat Head Provincial Park – Nova Scotia

Tide pool tips for families at San Diego's Cabrillo National Monument | | California | things to do in San Diego | findyourpark | budget travel | cheap activities | outdoor activities

Cabrillo National Monument – California

5 tips for visiting Caladesi Island State Park in Florida. Located near Clearwater and St. Petersburg, this state park is a opportunity to enjoy undeveloped and uncrowded beaches. It's a great place to collect shells! | | spring break | family vacation | Clearwater Beach | Gulf Coast | shell collecting | things to do | Tampa

Caladesi Island State Park – Florida

Favorite hikes for families in Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky district | | Utah | spring break | summer vacation

Canyonlands National Park – Utah

10 tips for visiting Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado | | Mesa Verde National Park | Cortez | summer vacation ideas | archaeology | Anasazi ruins | Ancient Puebloans | family travel

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument – Colorado

5 FUN things to do in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada | | Cabot Trail | Cape Breton Island | Bay of Fundy | travel | summer vacation

Cape Breton Highlands National Park – Nova Scotia

5 FUN things to do with kids at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Utah | | spring break | Zion National Park | Kanab | budget travel | family vacation ideas

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park – Utah

Tips for visiting Deep Creek Lake State Park in Maryland with kids | | summer vacation | family travel | Washington D.C. | Baltimore | Pittsburgh

Deep Creek Lake State Park – Maryland

5 GREAT state parks in the Finger Lakes for families | | New York | Ithaca | New York State Parks | Waterfalls | Hiking | Camping | Summer Vacation Ideas | Fall Foliage | Waterfalls | Family Travel

5 great state parks in the Finger Lakes Region – New York

Tips for visiting Ford's Theatre in Washington DC with kids | | Photo credit: Jtesla16 at wts wikivoyage, Wikimedia Commons | Lincoln assassination | summer vacation | spring break | Ford's Theatre National Historic Site

Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site – Washington D.C.

Tips for making the most of your day at Louisbourg Fortress in Nova Scotia | | Cape Breton Island | Canada | summer vacation ideas | family travel | national parks | summer

Fortress of Louisbourg – Nova Scotia

Everything you need to know about Four Corners Monument in the Navajo Nation | | Utah | Arizona | Colorado | New Mexico

Four Corners Monument – Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah

7 tips for visiting Golden Spike National Historic Site in Utah with kids | | national parks | travel | Brigham City | summer vacation

Golden Spike National Historic Site – Utah

5 MUST HAVE tips for visiting the Grand Canyon North Rim with kids | | Grand Canyon National Park | Grand Canyon Lodge | family reunion | summer vacation | family travel

Grand Canyon National Park North Rim – Arizona

Tips for families at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia. This is a great park for history lovers any time of year, but the fall leaves are incredible. | | educational | fall foliage | spring break | summer vacation | Civil War era | family travel

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park – West Virginia

4 fun reasons to visit Henrys Lake State Park in Idaho | | Island Park | Yellowstone National Park | fishing | outdoors | family reunion | summer vacation

Henrys Lake State Park – Idaho

5 expert tips for visiting Joshua Tree National Park in California with kids | | spring break | fall break | outdoors | nature | desert

Joshua Tree National Park – California

Tips for whale watching and more for families at Lime Kiln Point State Park on San Juan Island, Washington | | summer vacation | Pacific Northwest | orcas | killer whales

Lime Kiln Point State Park, Washington

Tips for touring Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky | | Mammoth Cave tour | Frozen Niagara | Bowling Green | summer vacation | findyourpark | national parks | spring break | fall travel

Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky

Mesa Verde National Park for families | | Colorado | spring break | summer vacation | fall travel

Mesa Verde National Park – Colorado

Tips for visiting Mount Rushmore with a family | | SouthDakota | BlackHills | summer vacation

Mount Rushmore National Memorial – South Dakota

Tips for driving through North Cascades National Park in Washington | | things to do in Washington | summer vacation | outdoors | with kids | family vacation | road trip | Seattle

North Cascades National Park – Washington

5 ways to play in Utah's Snow Canyon State Park | | Southern Utah | St. George | Zion National Park | family vacation | spring break

Snow Canyon State Park – Utah

7 tips for visiting Starvation State Park near Duchesne, Utah | | boating | fishing | Dinosaurland | summer vacation | family reunion

Starvation State Park – Utah

6 SMART tips for visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York City | | national parks | spring break | summer vacation | family vacation

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Tips for visiting the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal, Utah | | Utah State Parks | Dinosaur National Monument | vacation ideas | family travel | summer

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum – Utah

5 Fun Things to do in Yellowstone National Park with Kids | | findyourpark | wildlife | geysers | hiking | Junior Ranger | scenery | family vacation ideas | summer vacation | travel

Fun Things to do in Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming

Tips for Safely Seeing Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park | | family travel | summer vacation ideas

Safely Seeing Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park

Top stops for families at Zion National Park in Utah | | spring break | summer vacation | family vacation |

Zion National Park – Utah

Tips for hiking the Zion Narrows with kids | | Zion National Park | Utah | summer vacation | Southwest | family vacation

Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park – Utah

Capitol Reef National Park – Utah

Custer State Park – South Dakota

Cunningham Falls State Park – Maryland

Dinosaur National Monument – Utah

Grand Etang National Park – Grenada

Great Falls Park – Virginia

Goblin Valley State Park – Utah

Jewel Cave National Monument – South Dakota

Myrtle Beach State Park – South Carolina

Palisade State Park – Utah

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia

Sky Meadows State Park – Virginia

Swallow Falls State Park – Maryland

Timpanogos Cave National Monument – Utah

Wind Cave National Park – South Dakota

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Virginia