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When we were kids, my parents would pack up the family sedan and drive to family vacations.  When my kids were young, we tended to avoid those drive vacations in favor of vacations that would keep everyone happy and not necessarily sitting in a car for hours but we did take a couple of great vacations that included national parks- both with the kids and without them.

Mather Point- Grand Canyon

Mather Point- Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was part of a vacation that we combined with Arizona and Las Vegas and it was one that we really enjoyed.  We booked it late and had to stay in Flagstaff, Arizona which made the trip back and forth a bit of a drag (especially when the kids were starving and we saw a sign for McDonalds—- small print 28 miles ahead!).  Many of My Vacation Lady’s clients will take a tour which includes the Grand Canyon so that they don’t have to worry about where to stay or do the driving.

There are actually 391 National Parks in the United States, which may be way too many for most people to visit in a lifetime but there are a few that really stand out for My Vacation Lady as ones  that might be considered vacation destinations:

Hawaii:

  • Volcanoes National Park in the Big Island
  • Haleakala National Park in Maui

Alaska

  • Denali National Park

Arizona

  • Grand Canyon National Park

California

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Redwoods National Park

Montana and Wyoming

  • Yellowstone National Park

Fodor’s listed 5 that they felt were some of the top ones to visit in 2013.  Are any on your list?

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