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Top 10 Outdoor Family Vacations in North America

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Camping in Yosemite National Park, California.
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5. Camping in Yosemite National Park, California

Ever try to impress your kids and then accidentally impress yourself, too?

That happens a lot at Yosemite. You want to share nature’s most amazing sights, and then you realize just how awesome (in the most literal meaning of the word) it all really is.

Waterfalls taller than skyscrapers … towering granite faces … ancient giant sequoias amid the vast wilderness.

If you stay at the park's Housekeeping Camp you’ll get a gasp-inducing view of two iconic Yosemite spots: Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.

The camp's 266 concrete-walled tents sleep up to six, and are great for families who want to stay outdoors without the hassle of setup and teardown.

And the camp is an ideal base for park activities like rafting three miles down the Merced River and two-hour horseback rides to Mirror Lake.

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