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
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 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
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
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
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 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.