Our family loves exploring the beautiful parks of the United States, so in honor of National Parks Week, we want to share with you a list of our favorites!  From towering sandstone arches to quiet tropical beaches, our national parks have something for everyone.  If you have a favorite national park that we’ve left out, let us know in the comments!

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park

Hiking through Utah’s Arches National Park is like exploring another planet.  The striking park encompasses more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, dramatic canyons, and towering pinnacles.  Wandering through its canyons left us speechless and we have been longing to return.  To read more about Arches National Park click here.  

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park, Maine


Acadia National Park is one of our favorite spots in the world.  It’s absolutely breathtaking.  The view from the top of Cadillac Mountain is not to be missed.  It’s an easy drive to the top or you can hike 1.4 miles to the top.  The sunrise is well worth the hike!

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 

Cliff Dwelling, Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde is home to 5,000 known archeological sites including the cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people of Mesa Verde.  It’s a fascinating place with a rich history.  Mesa Verde is open year-round but the best time to visit is between May and September when the cliff dwellings are open to tour.   

St. John, USVI

St. John, U.S.Virgin Islands

Did you know that the majority of the Island of St. John is a national park?   From the beautiful beaches of Frances Bay to the ruins of Reef Bay Sugar Mill, St.John is a joy to discover.  It’s our favorite place to unwind.  To see more of St. John click here.  

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

Growing up in Central California I had the opportunity to visit Yosemite National Park frequently.  But the awe-inspiring beauty never gets old.  It’s a national treasure and a place that everyone should experience.  Our boys love hiking to the base of Yosemite Falls to get sprayed by the waterfall.  

Bonus Park: White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

White Sands National Monument

White Sands isn’t technically a national park — it’s a national monument– but we had to include it in our list because it’s one of our favorite spots in the US.  White Sands is the largest gypsum dune field in the world.  Gypsum is not a typical sand made of quartz but is instead a soft mineral consisting of hydrated calcium sulfate.  It’s not only soft but also cool to the touch, even on a scorching hot day.  To read more about White Sands National Monument click here.

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Our Top 5 Favorite US National Parks


  1. The only one I’ve been to from your list is Yosemite. I really need to catch up! If you ever make it to the South Pacific, make sure to visit The National Park of American Samoa! It’s the only US National Park south of the equator. It sounds similar to USVI, just with no crowds and super authentic and traditional culture to enjoy, too.

    • Jennifer Reply

      We have never been to North Dakota but would love to visit! We love Crater Lake and Rainier too!

  2. I had no idea the island of St. John was a National Park. As a Canadian, would love to know which states these parks are in. Some I knew, but not Acadia National Park (Maine?) or White Sands.

  3. We’ve been to Arches, Mesa Verde, and White Sands. Each one of them has a special place and memory to our family. I think we will like Yosemite, Acadia, and St. John, too.

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  5. You’ve visited some amazing National Parks and inspired me to see some we haven’t been to. We try to get to a few each year.

  6. So many great national parks. It must have been difficult to pare it down to only 5. Although technically not a National Park like you mention, White Sands National Monument is very high on our family bucket list.

  7. Whaaa?? No Yellowstone?! Ha ha I’m kidding. I’m very partial to Yellowstone. But with all of our amazing national parks, I know how hard it is to pick only 5 favorites. I’ve been to many national parks but none on this list. I guess we’re even now? 😉

    • Jennifer Reply

      Yellowstone is on our bucket list! I hear that it’s amazing.

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