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Our last post covered the first 5 of 10 national parks that Parents.com has recommended for kids. They surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following five are the remaining top parks that made the cut.
6. Mount Rainier National Park – Ashford, WA
Mount Rainier is 235,625 acres of waterfalls, glaciers and rain forest. There are 10 family friendly trails with one of those being stroller friendly. The park also hosts over 600 campsites, two hotels and 58 changing stations.
7. Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV
77,180 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails. Great Basin National Park runs the Great Basin for Kids program where they can learn all about the parks, flowers, trees and insects. Some of those trees are 4,000-5,000 year old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tress.
8. Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde, CO
Mesa Verde National Park features 52,122 acres including five family friendly trails, two of which are stroller accessible. The park is also home to the largest selection of Pueblo structures and dwellings in the world.
9. Denali National Park & Preserve – Denali Park, AK
Denali national park & Preserve is by far the largest park on the list. With 6.1 million acres, this park and preserve features eight family-friendly trails all of which are stroller friendly. Denali national park & Preserve also offers amazing views of Mt. McKinley, which is the highest peak in North America.
10. Yosemite National Park – Yosemite, CA
The last park on our list, Yosemite, features748, 000 acres of park with three stroller and family friendly trails. There are several activities to do and see for kids and adults alike including waterfalls, a Junior Rangers program and skiing during the winter.
For more information on the remaining parks reviewed, visit parents.com. You can view all that the parks have to offer and see which one best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s to take on your next family vacation to one of these national parks.
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Whenever you set out in your RV on a family vacation in can be difficult to figure out the right place to go. You probably have a checklist of what you want to do and see. And depending on how many members of your family there are, that can be quite a long list. Of course you will want several types of activities that will satisfy everyone, a kid-friendly place and somewhere that has a good reputation among others. Parents.com surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following are those that made the cut.
1. Grand Teton National Park – Moose, WY
This park features 310,00 total acre, with 25 family friendly trails, three of which are stroller-accessible. Some of the sites not to miss include 13,770 foot mountain, blue glaciers and more than 300 bird species.
2. Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mineral, CA
106,000 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails and four are stroller friendly. Lassen Volcanic Park features 13 kid’s programs as well as several activities for the whole family including biking, boating, horseback riding and kayaking.
3. Voyageurs National Park – International Falls, MN
Voyageurs National Park features 218,000 acres and five family friendly trails. Three of these have portions that are stroller accessible. If water is what you are looking for this park has it. There are more than 80,000 acres of water and only 10 miles of road which, features several glacier-carved lakes. If you are a water loving family this is the park for you.
4. Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO
Estes Park is a pretty well known name and this park features 265,769 acres of park and 25 family friendly trails. Wildlife viewing is a great activity here where you can spy elk, mule deer, moose and coyote.
5. Big Bend National Park – Near Marathon, TX
With 801,163 acres and five family friendly trails, this is the biggest park on the list so far. This is one of the least crowded national parks and features float trips down the Rio Grande, over 70 species of cacti and over 450 species of birds.
For more information on each of these national parks visit parents.com and see, which best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s for your next family vacation.
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As we were camping over the weekend we were fortunate enough to be camping the night of the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. This meteor shower occurs every year in either late July or early August. The sky was aglow with stars as we were far from the city lights. And the “shooting stars” that lit up the sky as they flew across were magical. It was quite a sight to witness several streaks appear and then just as quickly disappear as the stars fell from above.
Stargazing can be a wonderful activity to participate in when you are on camping trip. It is something peaceful, fun and exciting that the whole family can participate in. As adults get quite a thrill from these “shooting stars,” children are sure to be even more entertained. The following information will help to make your stargazing experience one to remember.
Imagine that by stargazing you are able to see most of the 88 constellations, depending on the time of year, which the sky is divided into. Also, on a clear and moonless night, you can view 1,000 or more stars in the sky. In addition to this, you can also see five of the solar systems eight planets, some star clusters, a spiral galaxy and an occasional bright comet.
Camping is the perfect spot to stargaze as the ideal setting is far from the lights of the city in the darkness of the outdoors. If you happen to be camping on a moonless night this is even better as you can see meteors and the Milky Way.
All you really need to enjoy the illuminated night sky is your own two eyes. The next best piece of equipment would be a good pair of binoculars. You can get a nice pair at a relatively inexpensive price, which are very portable will help magnify the sky. They will also come in handy when trying to find a single star in a very crowded area.
For more information about stargazing on your next camping adventure, visit stardate.org. And visit your local new and used RV dealer in Nichols, NY, Jim’s RV, for the best selection in RV’s!