If you mention American ‘parks’ to most children they will, sadly, probably be able to name you half a dozen theme parks they have on their wish list. It might be hard, therefore, to convince them that the natural wonders of America’s national parks are just as overwhelming, but once they take in their first view of the Grand Canyon, raft down the Colorado River or spot their first moose in Alaska, you will have converted them to the real thrills of life. And, most impressively, they are a heck of a lot cheaper. To visit the USA national parks with families will cost you $80 for an annual pass, and children under sixteen go free.
For health and safety information, please see our Travel advice