After a long winter, when it’s finally spring, there seem to be few better ways to shake the cold out of your bones than to take a trip to a glorious national park. Especially if you’re traveling with kids, national parks offer an affordable vacation opportunity with plenty of activities away from screens and traffic and the stresses of everyday life.
But nature isn’t always spring ready, and so planning a trip to the right park in the right weather window is important. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to welcome spring, from stargazing at a desert oasis to going for a swim in a volcanic hot spring or joining a wildflower-finding search party.
Kids will be occupied, adults will get to breathe in the fresh, natural air, and you’ll be supporting one of the most incredible acts of public environmentalism America has to offer. Take a look at the best national parks for families in the spring.