If you’re outdoorsy and you’re a parent, chances are that you hope your kids grow up loving the outdoors as much as you do. You dream of family camping weekends and spring break trips spent paddling a river with them as teenagers.
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Quick tips for your road trip through Southern Utah’s National Parks: Stay overnight in each park or neighboring town. Park rangers are there to help! Find trails with fewer people and enjoy the quiet nature. This guide has all the best tips for your national parks road trip!
Arizona is chock full of incredible state parks, from border to border in each direction. Some of the best water-based state parks trips can be found on either the eastern or western border of the state. In this case, we decided to visit them all—down the western border and up the eastern border—in one itinerary for a summer full of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs.
Thanks to the waters of Arizona, these parks are great destinations in the summer. You can explore on foot or on bike in the cooler morning and evening hours, then beat the sunshine and heat by jumping into the Colorado River or Lake Havasu.
Fine we’ll say it: northern Arizona is underrated! With the world’s largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest, easy access to Grand Canyon National Park, historic Route 66, a myriad of ancient Native American pueblo sites, unique shopping, temperate weather, and darn good food…northern Arizona is the perfect destination for a family road trip.
Western cowboy charm, unlimited outdoor adventure, historic downtown square known for its bars and live music, and a thriving farm-to-table—or “barrel-to-pint glass”—scene are just a few of the reasons that Prescott, Arizona should be at the top of your list for road trip destinations.
Route 66 is a common road trip “bucket list” item for many people, making the towns along the way often filled with folks on vacation and looking for a fun time! Williams fills that desire in many ways.
Flagstaff is one of those lucky cities that has it all: year round adventure, close proximity to a national park, and a food scene so good that it makes you forget you’re not in a large metropolitan city, but rather a quaint, mountain town.
Load up the family and set the GPS for Hot Springs, South Dakota. It’s 51 miles (82km) from Mt. Rushmore and although it may not be as famous, it is just as interesting.
Finding a hiking trail that you and your furry-friend can enjoy together can sometimes be a difficult task, as most National Parks don’t allow pets on trails. There are, however, plenty of amazing pet-friendly hikes around if you know where to look!