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.

Yellowstone National Park, Id, Mt, Wy

Yellowstone is definitely one for your National Parks list! With geysers, hiking trails, animals and forests on display, this gorgeous park is a can’t miss stop on your road trip.

What to See & Do: No trip to Yellowstone is complete without a visit to Old Faithful, the world’s most famous geyser. Take a stroll on the boardwalks around the geyser, and then stop by the Visitor’s Center to find out when the next eruption is scheduled to take place! You can get a great look and a photo op from the viewing area nearby. While you’re in the Visitor’s Center, kids can sign up for the Yellowstone Junior Ranger program, where they can earn a badge after completing a series of activities around the park.

Grand Prismatic is another stunning feature on your Yellowstone trip. The park’s largest hot spring boasts bright colors that almost seem unreal. The boardwalk surrounding Grand Prismatic does get crowded, so hold tight to little hands as you check out this amazing thermal feature.

Driving in to Yellowstone, you’ll catch some great wildlife sightings, and maybe even a bison crossing, which is always a thrill for little ones.

Tips & When to Go: Summer offers a ton of available activities, but is by far Yellowstone’s busiest season, so expect crowds and a slow drive into the park. Spring, summer and winter offer fewer crowds, but some roads and activities are not available depending on weather, so keep up to date on Yellowstone’s website and plan your trip well in advance.

Online: nps.gov/yell/index.htm

photo: Anna Doogan

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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