One of the best outings with the whole family, whether it’s a road trip or part of a city tour, is visiting a zoo. Bucket-listing some of the best zoos in the US is a must.

20 Best Zoos in the US

Many of the 20 zoos allow children and adults to get close up and even touch some of the gentle animals during live shows and petting areas.

The Philadelphia zoo has over 1,300 rare and endangered animals. Check out the Rare Animal Conservation Center!

Henry Doorly in Omaha is consistently ranked as one of the world's top five zoos. This desert dome is the world's largest and includes a 55-foot tall mountain.

From cute and cuddly Alpacas and  miniature cows to Komodo dragons, the Cincinnati Zoo, the nation's second oldest zoo is a must see.

Check out this zoo that lets  people actually ride on a camel and the rest of the list of 20  best zoos in the US!