Now that school's out, there's no better time to for kids to spend extra time with their grandparents who may not have the chance to see them as much as they'd like during the rest of the year. Spending time with grandma and grandpa is not only fun for the kids, it has some scientifically-proven benefits for the grandparents.
While it may be fun to bake treats, create crafts and engage in other indoor activities to avoid the sweltering heat, it can be equally fun to venture outdoors granted you have a solid plan and are properly dressed for the activity you're taking part in.
This summer switch things up by taking your grandkids to places they have never been before like one of the many stunning national parks our country has to offer. You can take this opportunity to teach the little ones all about nature in between all the fun moments and create lasting memories.
The incredible thing about nature is that no matter how often you've seen a particular place, your perspective will change depending on who you're with so your grandkids could help you see it a whole new light.
Kids will never say no to a road trip, gather your outdoor gear and so plan a fun camping weekend at some of the best kid-friendly national park campgrounds in the country.
1. Yosemite National Park
Located in California, Yosemite National Park boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes in the U.S. The park has 13 campgrounds that are available all year round. You'll need to make reservations if you plan on setting up camp because even the first-come, first-serve areas fill up earlier in the day. You visit the park's website for more information.
2. Grand Canyon National Park
Your grandchildren will have so many stories to tell their friends after they set their sights on the magnificent Grand Canyon situated in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The park draws over 5 million visitors every year who are on a mission to admire its gorgeous waterfalls and whitewater raft through the mighty Colorado River. As for camping with children, the South Rim is recommended as it is open all year and easier to access. However, since it is very busy during the summer months, campgrounds fill up quickly. You can explore lodging and campground options here.
3. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is the world's first national park that extends from Wyoming to Montana and Idaho. The park spans 2.2 million acres and encompasses hundreds of waterfalls, hydrothermal features, wildlife and the iconic Rocky Mountains. You and the grandkids can spend the night sharing stories, roasting marshmallows and stargazing at one of the park's 12 campgrounds. Reservations are recommended to ensure you have a spot for your tent.
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