How to Explore US National Parks: Solid Advice from Seasoned Family Travel Bloggers

If you have plans to visit one of the National Parks scattered throughout the US, American Samoa, or the Virgin Islands, take a minute to scan this list and see if your park(s) is on the list.

Written by some of the most seasoned family travel bloggers and journalists from around the globe, you’ll find park-specific information, ideas for saving money, insider-tips and more.

Listed in no particular order, 33 of the 58 National Parks are covered. Bookmark this page—we’ll keep adding to this list as we have new information to share.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Denali National Park

  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Horseshoe Lake Hike
  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Riley Creek Campground

Kenai Fjords National Park

  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Exit Glacier
  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Aialik Glacier

Wind Cave National Park

  • Terri with Travel 50 States with Kids: South Dakota – Wind Cave National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

  • Terri with Travel 50 States with Kids: Kentucky – Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Julie with Road Trips for Families: Cave Country Kentucky

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Acadia National Park

Olympic National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Grand Teton National Park

  • Terri with Travel 50 States with Kids: Wyoming – Grand Teton National Park

Redwood National Park

North Cascades National Park

Great Basin National Park

  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Caves Week: Lehman Caves

Arches National Park

  • Kara with The Vacation Gals for Expedia: Arches National Park with Kids
  • Kara with The Vacation Gals: Best Hikes for Kids in Arches National Park
  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Double Arch
  • Susan with Mountain Mom and Tots: Sand Dune Arch

Shenandoah National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Yosemite National Park

Saguaro National Park

Zion National Park

Death Valley National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

  • Jennifer with Two Kids and a Map: Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 Hours or Less from the Grand Lake Entrance Station

Virgin Islands National Park

Everglades National Park

Haleakala National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Sequoia National Park

Glacier National Park

National Park Roundup Stories

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National Parks FeatureDo you have a story to add to this list? If so, email me at julie at roadtripsforfamiles dot com.

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at