Exploring nature is not only a beautiful experience, but it’s also a helpful way to teach your children about the environment. One of the easiest ways to enhance their appreciation is to visit some of the most beautiful national parks in the U.S.
Whether searching for campsites or hiking trails, you’ll find the experiences you desire from this list of four of the best national parks on the west coast to visit.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is a Southern Californian desert area known for its stunning rock formations, wonderful campgrounds, and rich cultural history.
While camping in Jumbo Rocks Campground, make sure to stop by Skull Rock. Travel upward to Keys View for a 360-view of the Coachella Valley. Visit Black Rock Canyon to witness the monumental Joshua tree forest. Wherever you go in Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll find it has everything you and your family could ever want to explore in the U.S. desert.
Yosemite National Park
One of the most notable national parks in the U.S. is Yosemite National Park—and for good reason. This family-favorite, Northern Californian national park is known for its deep valleys and ancient sequoia trees. There are several kid-friendly hiking trails, easily accessible waterfalls, and so much more! The whole family will enjoy bike riding, birdwatching, fishing, and rock climbing throughout the park.
Crater Lake National Park
Oregon’s Crater Lake Nation Park is unlike any other park in America. You can fish from the deepest lake in the country, formed by the remnants of the Mount Mazama volcano. Perhaps you’d prefer to hike along one of these amazing mountainous trails. If you’re taking a winter trip to Crater Lake, you can try snowboarding or downhill skiing with the whole family.
Mount Rainier National Park
Don’t forget about another one of the best national parks on the west coast—Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Hiking is one of the park’s most popular activities because of the scenic opportunities it provides.
Mount Rainier’s Sunrise is the highest point you can reach by vehicle. You’ll experience a full-circle view of the park’s surrounding valleys and other volcanoes. In the summer months, you’ll see meadows of flowers blooming on the mountainsides.
Exploring the outdoors means you need to choose the right winter clothing layers to protect your body’s temperature, no matter the season. When hiking on the west coast, the weather may not be as cold as in other regions, but it’s better to take the necessary precautions and bring a few layers just in case!
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