Are your tykes jaded with the regular commercial playground equipment and the usual fun houses? Then maybe it’s time to do something different for them. To save you the hassle of searching, I have collected a thorough list of the most amazing parks in America that your children definitely need (deserve) to see. So, read on.1. Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming)
Yellowstone park needs no introduction. If you are a resident of Idaho, then you must have had plenty of chances to visit the renowned park. However, for those residing outside of Wyoming, visiting Yellowstone National Park can be an opportunity of a lifetime.
The park consists of more than 500 fountains, dozens of waterfalls, murmuring steam vents and blasting mud pots that keep children engaged at all times. With rich-in-wild-life culture and picturesque landscapes, Yellowstone will not disappoint you. The Hayden Valley, in the focal point of the recreation center, and the Lamar Valley, in the upper east corner, are the best places worth visiting in the park. With more than 400 animal species, the park offers recreation of a life time for all age groups! Apart from enjoying nature, you can participate in the Wildlife Olympics that are held in different areas all year around.How to get there?
The nearest air terminal for Yellowstone park is in Belgrade, Montana. You can travel to Jackson Hole, Wyoming (more than two hours away, close Grand Teton, another park you'll need to visit on the same outing) or even Salt Lake City (a five-hour drive). The average costs for motels can range from $ 199 to $ 250. For motel reservations, visit yellowstonenationalparklodges.com.2. Yosemite National Park (California)
Yosemite National Park is one of the most highlighted features of California. If you have never been to California before, then plan your visit with Yosemite National Park at the top of your list. The most prominent feature of the park is the 500 adult goliath sequoias, the world's tallest and most established trees. The park offers a great opportunity for photography. In addition, children will have the opportunity to be truly wowed by experiencing a simple 3/4-mile climb to look at the Grizzly Giant –the biggest tree in the woods –and the California Tunnel Tree. Children can stroll through California tunnel tree and enjoy by engaging in any play activity they like.How to get there?
There are a lot of transportation means to get to the park, but the choice of transportation depends on your travel route. Despite the fact that Fresno air terminal is located nearby, you can choose various alternatives and lower admissions by flying into Sacramento, which is around a three-hour head out. Yosemite is open year-round, you don't get the full experience unless you visit in late spring. For lodging, you can choose Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, where rooms can be rented at $250 per night.3. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)
Another gem in Wyoming is the Grand Teton National Park. For those who love nature and would love to go an extra mile to experience the brilliance of natural forestry, there is no better place than Grand Teton National Park. You can start by taking the Jenny Lake transport watercraft and climbing around a half mile to Hidden Falls (an amazing 80-foot waterfall) and afterward, you can enjoy the Instagram-commendable hills and trees that stretch all through the park area.
To make your trip more enjoyable, do not forget to grab the Nature Explorer's knapsack, custom-made for children ( for ages 6 to 12) from the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center.How to get there?
The route to the park for those traveling from outside of Wyoming is the same as the Yellowstone. For lodging, rates begin at $62 per night. On the off chance that you would prefer to stay at a more luxurious motel, consider staying at the Jackson Lake Lodge, which has its own particular warmed swimming pool. Rates begin at $215 per night.4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)
Tennessee is not just famous for the country music; it is full national parks and recreation centers that offer both adults and children a recreation of a life time!
Once there, your children will forget about the modern, commercial playground equipment and the fancy toys. One of the best parks in the area is none other than the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park encompasses 100 or more types of trees that offer a perfect opportunity for photography. You can take the Little River Road close to the Sugarlands Visitor Center, and enjoy the 25 miles of scenic landscape that lead to the open valley of Cades Cove. On the way, you will be able to spot turkeys, deer, coyotes, and groundhogs. After you are done investigating the green portion of the park, take the short Cades Cove Nature Trail to see the waterfalls. Children can have a little water fun, but parental supervision is advised.How to get there?
You can fly into Knoxville, Tennessee, which is the nearest air terminal. The lodging costs usually range between $ 170 to $ 250. For more information regarding lodging near the park, visit stonybrooklodging.com.
Parks are the best alternative to outdoor playground equipment or any other play structure for that matter. Plan a trip and let your kids experience nature in its best form. We will look at some more amazing parks in America in the next part.