Even though we are still in the middle of winter, it’s time to start thinking about our summer plans with the family. Ok, most summer arrangements can wait, but if you are planning to visit and camp in one of our country’s incredible national parks it’s time to make your reservation!
For those who have never taken their families on a camping trip in a national park, it is an incredible experience. In most parks, visitors have the option of car camping or backpacking. Camping with your family for a long weekend is an excellent way to spend time together, while living amongst a beautiful natural setting.
Those who have done it already know that organizing and taking part in a family camping trip is not easy. It will require your family members to remain patient and to cooperate with each other. Many families today, especially those with older children, do not want to spend the time and hassle of being with each other without any nearby diversion or escape. By “escape,” I mean cell phones, Facebook, a friend’s house, you and your spouse’s work…etc. that keep you from confrontation. Confrontation is the first (not so pretty) step towards understanding yourself and your family members’ personalities and current life problems.
Camping of course is not intended for creating family tension. There is almost nothing as rewarding as sharing an incredible sunset, a sighting of a wild animal or hiking a pristine trail with your loved ones. We as Americans are truly blessed to have some of the most beautiful selection of national parks in the world. It is simply a shame to pass them up.
Here’s what you need to know: If you want to book a camp spot reservation at any of our national parks, you need to do it now. Some camp spot reservations are made close to a year in advance, but if you make a reservation now you should have no problem getting into your desired park. Below, I have listed my favorite national parks along with the link to the National Park Website where you can make reservations.
So get out there and spend some quality time with the Fam!
Here is the link to the National Park Website : http://www.nps.gov/index.htm
Must-Visit National Parks (If you’re bored, just Google Image search these parks. The pictures are breathtaking!)
Yellowstone (MT, WY)
Grand Teton (WY)
Mt. Rainier (WA)
Crater Lake (OR)
Big Sur (CA)
Death Valley (CA)
Zion National Park (UT)
Grand Canyon (AZ)
Great Smokey Mountains (TE, NC)
Assateague Island (MD, VA)
Above: Early Summer at Mt. Rainier National Park (Photo Courtesy: National Geographic)