Summertime and road trips go hand in hand, so buckle up your crew and explore some of the country’s best spots! We’ve searched coast to coast to find the National Parks that deserve a spot on your summer itinerary. Read on for 17 parks worth visiting this year.

Zion National Park, Ut

Sandstone cliffs, slot canyons and animal wildlife are all part of the wonder of Zion National Park in Utah. You’ll want to give yourselves plenty of time at this scenic destination to take it all in.

Things to See and Do: Try a kid-friendly hike, like The Grotto Trail, Weeping Rock Trail or the Emerald Pool trail. While at the Emerald Pool trail, be sure to check out the gorgeous waterfall views. For a fun way for families to learn more about Zion together, head over to the Nature Center. Daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, youth programs specifically for children and families are offered, and last 30-45 minutes, so they're just the right length for your mini explorers.

Tips and When to Go: Zion National Park is open year-round. Some services or facilities may have limited hours at various parts of the year.

Online: nps.gov/zion/index.htm

photo: Alexander C. Kafka via Flickr

What’s your favorite National Park? Have you been to all of the ones on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

— Anna Doogan & Shelley Massey