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While summertime is definitely the busiest and most congested time of year for our Nation’s most popular national parks, if you can wait until it gets cooler, and less crowded, you won’t regret it!

Fall famiily vacations in national parks, camping with family and kidsPostponing your “summer “ vacation until colder days is a great way to enjoy our nation’s majestic landscapes preserved by the National Park System throughout our vast Country. Outdoors Geek is committed to helping you create the most successful outdoor experience for your family! We want you to create memories, pass on a love for nature and commitment to steward our Nation’s land. Stay tuned for the next series of posts highlighting some of the country’s most famous national parks and all that they have to offer families looking for a new outdoor adventure!

Image by: National Parks Service – nps.gov

Image by: National Parks Service – nps.gov

One of the most well known National Parks is Yosemite Valley National Park. Famous Photographer Ansel Adams was clear about his love for capturing the dynamic landscape of this park! Yosemite Valley is known for it’s breathtaking landscapes including cliffs and domes like El Cap (its most well-known rock face for rock climbing enthusiasts worldwide. Wildflowers spread across Tuolumne meadow like a blanket while the rushing river rapids of the Merced River splashes by.

Fall famiily vacations in national parks, Treasure hunt for kidsThe options for kids are many in this National Park! Start by signing up to be a Junior Ranger, and find out what it’s like to work to protect the land and wildlife that lives within the borders of that park. Standing beneath the enormous sequoia trees feeling dwarfed by the 200 feet tall monsters, will be a memory your kids won’t soon forget!

Many of the parks programs are designed to bring families closer together and closer to nature. Some of the parks most popular options are:

  • Fireside storytelling: A storytelling hour hosted at the Ahwahnee Hotel.
  • Great Yosemite Family Adventures: A guided treasure hunt for the whole family using GPS units.
  • Night-Prowl: Discover Yosemite under the glow of the moon. A Guided night -time adventure for the whole family.

Take your family on the road and show them the National Landscape Treasures that belong to our National Parks!