If you and your family are traveling to the West Coast and area looking for some interesting stops along the way, consider checking out one of these unique state parks. Each one of these locations offers something interesting for you and your family to explore. From giant, ancient Redwood trees to 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs, you and your family will enjoy extraordinary opportunities along the way.
1. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park: California
This gorgeous state park is the last in a long string of redwood parks that runs up the Northern California coast. Less than three miles from the ocean, the park is densely populated by gigantic, ancient redwoods. The beautiful giant trees located here represent close to seven percent of all of the old-growth redwoods that exist in the world. The park was established in 1929 and have a number of activities available to entertain you and your family. Here you can fish, snorkel, or kayak in the Smith River, hike through lush rainforest or wind through the more than 20 miles of trails that run through the park.
2. Kartchner Caverns State Park: Arizona
Voted the “Best Cave in the USA,” by USA Today readers, the Kartchner Caverns were opened in November of 1999 though its history goes back to the early 1970s. Two men exploring the limestone hills at the base of the Whetstone Mountains came across the cave and were in awe of the natural beauty they discovered. The pair waited until 1978 to approach the owner of the land in order to protect and develop the cave. Over a series of years and plenty of development and construction, the caves have become one of the most visited spots in the Arizona Park System.
3. Valley of Fire State Park: Nevada
Dedicated in 1935, the Valley of Fire holds the distinction of being Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Located just six miles from Lake Mead and less than an hour from Las Vegas, the park offers a number of activities for outdoor enthusiasts including hiking, camping, picnicking and even photography courses. Stop by the visitor’s center to learn more about the 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs and ancient trees that populate the location.