Best National Parks for Families

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Plan a visit to a U.S. National Park!

When it comes to bang for your family vacation buck, U.S. National Parks are tough to beat. In this episode, we dive deep into several of the best National Parks for families.


Here are Shellie Bailey-Shah’s top five National Parks for families ranked by distance from Aaron’s hometown of Sacramento, CA. Click the links for KidTripster’s guide to each park.

  1. Zion National Park (702 miles)
  2. Olympic National Park (741 miles)
  3. Yellowstone National Park (899 miles)
  4. Glacier National Park (1,028 miles)
  5. Great Sand Dunes National Park (1,087 miles)

Honorable Mentions:


Shellie Bailey-Shah – Editor of KidTripster

Shellie is the editor of KidTripster, an online resource that provides information and inspiration to families traveling anywhere in the world. The website has a designated Outdoors section to guide those interested in exploring our country’s natural wonders. Shellie and her family have visited 46 states and 45 national parks, most of them in their 38-foot-long RV. Next summer, she’s already planning on adding eight more to the list.


About Your Host

Thanks to the generosity of his grandmother, Aaron Schlein traveled to four continents and a dozen countries before he was old enough to vote. Those early trips convinced him that travel is an essential part of life.

More than two decades later, Aaron remains inspired by his grandmother’s generosity. He is committed to honoring her legacy by sharing the gift of travel with his own kids—and by helping other parents do the same.

Aaron is the host of Family Travel Radio—a weekly podcast presented by The Family Travel Association.

Aaron also helps new entrepreneurs use their personal stories to build a network, expand influence, and strengthen relationships.

Aaron lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and two children (who are growing up too fast!)

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