Summer Family Vacation Ideas

With summer right around the corner, you can start thinking about the best places to take a family vacation. The secret of a great family vacation is picking a place where the activities suit everyone.

Kids love video games, but let’s get them outdoors! There are so many other places which can be exiting, action packed and educational. The great outdoors knows no boundaries, and if you want a vacation which gets you back to nature, head for the outdoors!

Great Smoky Mountains, courtesy National Park Service
Great Smoky Mountains, courtesy National Park Service

Great Smoky Mountains

This national park offers breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife, and a number of family friendly activities. There are many family vacation rental options available, including authentic log cabins running alongside flowing trout streams!

Scattered throughout the mountains are kid-friendly campgrounds that are suitable for recreational vehicles and tent camping.

The Smoky Mountain’s campgrounds are a great place to have a campfire in the evening and roast marshmallows with the sound of a fresh trout stream in the background. Wander the many nature trails and don’t forget your camera to capture the beauty of the forest and its rich wildlife.

Yosemite waterfall, courtesy National Park Service
Yosemite waterfall, courtesy National Park Service

Yosemite National Park

Stand side by side with giant trees that have stood for centuries in Yosemite. Arching waterfalls, trout streams and spell-binding scenery are all features of this wonderfully majestic place. The kids will love swimming beneath the flowing waterfalls, and wait until you see their faces when you walk or bike through the giant sequoia tree in Tuolumne Grove! It all makes for a great kid-friendly vacation spot for camping, hiking and tubing.

The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon view from South Kaibab Trail, courtesy National Park Service
Grand Canyon view from South Kaibab Trail, courtesy National Park Service

The world famous natural wonder has a multitude of possibilities for kid-friendly activities. Jump on board the back of a mule and absorb the raw beauty that the Grand Canyon has to offer. The whole family will enjoy and appreciate the howling winds, echoing around the vast walls of the canyon. Take a trip down and observe the Colorado River, which has plenty of family orientated activities such as rafting.

Tips to Remember

If you are choosing to camp on your vacation, it is important to remember that just because it is summer, the weather can get cold! During the day, many popular summer camping spots can be particularly warm, so to help stay cool, wear light-colors with breathable fabrics. Polyester and nylon shorts are cool, durable, and wick sweat. Hats are also important, and will help protect you and your family from sunstroke and overheating. By night, it can get quite chilly, so pack something light but warm such as a fleece and a beanie to keep your head warm.

These are just 3 great summer vacation destinations for families, there are of lots more. Wherever you go this summer, remember to have fun and stay safe!

Happy trails!

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