National Parks Summer Family Vacation

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Where your family plans to go this summer will depend on factors like great weather, multi generational appeal, kid friendly accommodations, dining and lodging accommodations and best of all great scenery for pictures.  The National Parks of the U.S. are a family favorite.  Below are a list of recommended summer trips for the whole gang.  Use this list to jump start your vacation planning and pick your choice a for favorite destination.

SCW’s list of Top 5 National Parks for Family Vacations

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1 . Canyon Lands National Park, a U.S. National Park is located in southeastern Utah.  It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes, by the Colorado River, the Green River and surrounding area.  The Canyon is a great location with trails for sightseeing and mountain biking.

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 2 . Olympic National Park located in the state of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.  The park has four basic regions: Pacific coastline, Alpine areas, the west side temperate rain forest, and the forests of the drier east side.  Within the park are three different ecosystems in pristine condition and outstanding scenery.

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3. Glacier National Park located on the Canada, United states border is over one million acres.  130 lakes, 1,ooo different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals.  The vast pristine ecosystem is the center piece of what has been referred to as, “Crown of the Continent”.

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4.  Yosemite National Park, California in the central eastern portion of the state of California.  The park reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  Yosemite is internationally recognized for it’s granite cliffs, waterfalls, and clear streams, giant sequoia grove, lakes and mountains.  95% of the park is designated wilderness over 3.8 million visitors come each year.

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5. Big Bend National Park in the US state of Texas.  1200 species of plants, 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals.  The Park has national significance as the largest protected area Chihuahua Desert topography and ecology in the U. S.

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Family at Lake for Vacation --- Image by © Larry Williams/Corbis

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