The 10 Best National Parks

Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford, WA

National Park Service

Total Acres: 235,625

Number of Family-Friendly Trails: 10 (one is stroller-accessible)

Best Time to Visit: July and August, when it's warm and sunny

  • Schedules scenic guided strolls on the 1 1/2-mile Grove of the Patriarchs Walk, which is filled with magnificent old trees.
  • Offers 600-plus campsites and two hotels with fabulous views of Mount Rainier.
  • Has kid-friendly touch tables and sound exhibits in the three visitors' centers.
  • Provides 58 diaper-changing stations, the largest number of our survey.
  • Hosts a Skulls and Skins workshop; kids learn to classify animals by what they eat.

A wonderland of waterfalls, glaciers, and even a rainforest, Mount Rainier National Park is as sweet as it looks. Don't miss Paradise, an area blooming with wildflowers. Your family can hop on the easy 1.2-mile Nisqually Vista Trail for a tour and a glimpse of a glacier.

Contact: 360-569-2211;


Entrance fee: $10 per vehicle for a seven-day pass.

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