This year marks the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, and what better way to celebrate than with a family vacation to one of the nation's many national parks? Fourth graders across the nation can get a free park pass to access the entire park system for a year, thanks to the Every Kid in a Park program, and many national parks offer special programming for kids of all ages.
10Best editors put our heads together with the National Park Foundation to nominate 20 parks as the best for kids and families. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting for their favorites.
The top 10 winners in the category Best National Park for Kids are as follows:
- Acadia National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Zion National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Biscayne National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
Additional parks nominated in this category included Arches National Park, Denali National Park, Everglades National Park, Glacier National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Shenandoah National Park and Yosemite National Park.
Congratulations to all our winning national parks! Looking for a perfect national park experience for your next vacation? Visit FindYourPark.com to get ideas for exploring our more than 400 national parks.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo