National Parks Destination Guide

The best National Parks for baby boomers and how to get there.

Updated 03.30.2018. Since April 2014, our National Parks Destination Guide has helped baby boomers plan their trips to America’s greatest natural treasures. National Parks travel is a perennial favorite for boomers. But there are so many choices that it’s hard to know where to go next. Do you need inspiration for the best National Parks to visit? We’ve compiled all of our favorite resources into one quick guide to start your travel dreaming.

In this National Parks Destination Guide, you’ll find first-person articles about National Park adventures that boomers can do, including special sections on Glacier National Park and Utah National Parks, plus a comprehensive list of the best National Park apps and visual inspiration from our National Park Pinterest board.

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When you’re ready, click on over to our National Park travel planner to begin making your travel dreams come true. Of course we’ll be adding more amazing National Parks to see so come back often. Or subscribe to the My Itchy Travel Feet Weekly Broadcast to be the first to know!

The sun casts an orange glow on Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah. Read more about it in National Parks Destination Guide.

National Park adventures for boomers

With so many incredible parks to see throughout the U.S., boomers will find endless opportunities for active travel experiences. But how do you know if the activity is right for you? We have the answer! Read our first-person articles about national parks adventures, including special sections on Glacier National Park and Utah National Parks. Whether you’re interested in hiking, kayaking or an easy walk in nature, you’ll find a National Park activity to fit your travel style at National Park Adventures for boomers.

White capped mountains reflect in the blue water of Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park.

National Park Travel Planner

You need a plan when it comes to making the most of your National Park vacation, especially with the increasing popularity (and visitation) in U.S. parks. Our National Park Travel planning starts with deciding where to go—we recommend spring or fall, what to do and, of course, determining what to take. Alan and I begin with online travel research, followed by reading books and a browse around the Amazon store. Use our National Park Travel Planner to make the most of your active boomer trip.

If you’re not a do-it-yourself type traveler, check out the National Park tours at Viator. You’ll find day trips and longer tours.

Blue river through sandy desert with mountains in the background.

The Best National Parks Apps

National Park travelers can make a great trip even better with the right National Parks apps. We’ve included apps for finding the best National Park for your itinerary, hiking trails for your level of fitness, an audio travel guide, safety apps for National Parks, a sunrise-sunset calendar for when to take the best photos, stargazing map, checking the weather and much more. Click through to discover your new favorite at our comprehensive list of Best National Park Apps.

Leave turning gold reflect in the blue water of Oxbow Bend. The mountains of the Grand Tetons stand guard over the scene. And the sky is blue.

National Park Pinterest Boards

Do you find that photographs inspire your travel planning? Pinterest is the perfect way for the National Park traveler to find visual inspiration when planning their next vacation. Take a look at our extremely popular boards featuring U.S. National Parks and Monuments or Hiking in Glacier National Park. We curate the best travel ideas from pins that link to actual articles—both ours and from other writers. Save them to your boards for future reference.

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