What to do at the National Parks?

Feb 2nd, 2011 | By | Category: Youth Blog

National Parks are more than a place to watch and see- they are a place to experience. The NPS has varied activities for visitors to do to truly enjoy the beauty of the park. Hiking is a good start to enjoying the outdoors. Everyone can go at their own pace without the competition associated with other physical activities. Although hiking may be a start, it is definitely not the end. Children can get involved via the Junior Ranger Program which allows them to collect badges while learning more about their national parks. At Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon, I noticed that there is also a Senior Program for retirees. Camping is an activity which the entire family is sure to enjoy.

RVing is yet another option. At certain parks like Acadia National Park, cruises are available which allow you to transcend the boundary between land and sea. Several of the larger parks such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, also offer a bus or tram service which can be beneficial in rough weather. Different parks have ranger-led activities such as hawk-watches and narrated hiking trails. These allow for you to learn more about the park’s natural history. More publicized parks such as Crater Lake and the Grand Canyon even have activities for the more commercial such as shopping and fine dining. Whatever your interests, the National Parks have you covered.

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