Zion National Park in Utah
The canyon-and-mesa landscape here makes for photos that your grandkids will actually want to see. The variations in elevation provide habitats for extremely diverse plant communities; if you go in the spring, you can spot colorful wildflowers, like bright-yellow desert marigolds or crimson slickrock paintbrush, standing out against the sandstone.
Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania
A park that will please history buffs as much as nature lovers, Gettysburg is famous for the major Civil War battle that took place on its grounds in 1863. History struck again when it became the site of Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address later that year.