There’s much to love about summer. There’s the lazy days, those afternoon BBQs, trips to the park, and much more! And then there’s the whole matter of the vacation. One of the best things about the states is that there are so many outstanding destinations to visit. Whatever you’re into, or whoever you’re traveling with, there’ll be a spot that’s right for you. If you’re planning on taking a trip this summer with your family, then take a look below, where we outline a few ideas that everyone in your traveling clan will enjoy.
The Best of the Outdoors
What could be more fun than setting forth as a family, exploring the outdoors? If you’re looking for inspiration, then look no further than the majestic great outdoors. There’s no shortage of options to choose from. Indeed, you probably have some pretty fantastic areas within a few hour’s drive from your home. If you want to make the trip extra special, however, take a look at visiting a site that can be considered a heavyweight by anyone’s standards. Places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone are out of this world magnificent, and should be visited by anyone with even a tiny interest in the natural world.
To the Theme Parks
If nature isn’t enough of an adventure for you, then consider taking a look at the non-natural playgrounds of the world: theme parks. The great thing about Disneyland and Universal Studios and the like is that they’re just as much fun for the adults as they are for the kids in your clan. If you’re looking to give your family a trip that they’ll never forget, then book your trip for a week at one of the big hitter theme parks. You’ll be thrilled, you’ll be entertained, you’ll get to meet some iconic figures from the big screen….what’s not to love?
Off the Beaten Path
The diversity of the states is what makes taking a family trip without flying overseas so enjoyable. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it! As well as the larger tourist destinations, it’s also worth looking at those places that are more off the beaten path. There are many such examples across the country, from the West to the Midwest and beyond. Book a hotel in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the simple pleasures of taking a journey into a picturesque part of the country. You’ll explore the historic district in the morning, experience the beauty and fun of Jackson Lake State Park in the afternoon, and then enjoy a restful night at the Baymont by Wyndham Fort Morgan hotel. It’s slightly more off the beaten path, but that only adds to the charm.
If you’re not looking out west, take a look at Mackinac Island in Michigan. It’s an island out in Lake Huron that’s entirely car-free! To get around, you travel by horse or bicycle. Most of the island is forested, which will be great for the family, and there’s plenty of historical sites, too.
In the Cities
If you’ve had your fill of small-towns, or you live in one yourself, then why not think about traveling to one of the best cities in the United States, which is also another way of saying the best cities in the world? People don’t generally think of places like Chicago, San Francisco, and Boston as family-friendly places, but this isn’t the case. They’re filled with attractions! For the best of the best, look at New York. It’s a city that appeals no matter how old you are. When you’re traveling with children, you’ll enjoy attractions such as Central Park, the Natural History Museum, and Times Square (which can be a bit much if you’re an adult, but enjoyable enough if you’re with your kids).
On the Roads
Now, let’s get one thing straight: there are plenty of fun vacations that you can take, but some are more adventurous than others. A road trip falls into this latter category. There’s nothing that compares to the adventure of packing up your car, selecting a route, and embarking on a long journey with your loved ones in tow. The sense of freedom is almost palpable, and it’ll infect everyone. Your kids will be their free-spirited selves, you’ll be brought out of the ‘same old, same old’ rhythm that can make life seem a little dull. Pack a tent, and you’ll be able to really go whichever way the wind blows.
It’s possible that we’re all a little too obsessed with the modern world, and all the gimmicks it provides. There’s much that we can learn from the past, and in any case, it’s our history that defines us: it made us, it is, in fact, who we are. If you’re looking for a vacation with a twist, why put an educational spin on things? You’re likely already convinced of the merits of traveling back in time and seeing the places that had a tremendous impact on the country. Your kids will be convinced by how much fun it can be!
At the Beach
Your vacation doesn’t have to be a million mile per hour, non-stop extravaganza. It can also be a slowed down trip, during which you do little but spend quality time with your loved ones. If this is your aim, then look at heading to a beach destination. There’s plenty of opportunity for fun times and creating memories when you rent a beach house, and spend many happy days doing nothing but playing on the beach, swimming, having BBQs, and all-around living the good life.
Your Home State
Finally, don’t discount the idea of exploring your home state! Some people always look at far-flung destinations when it comes to their travels, and ignore entirely their own space. Taking a ’staycation,’ as it’s often called, is a great way to discover all the hidden gems of the state that you and your family call home. It’s not as exotic as a trip elsewhere, but can be just as rewarding!