Deciding on your next family vacation destination usually takes some negotiating between family members. Most families I work with are looking for a vacation that will have something for everyone. Being a nature loving family doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort, luxury or fun activities. I find most families want to be in nature but the thought of hiking 5 days in a row with kids is not appealing. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor adventures for families that have more than just gorgeous scenery and hiking. So this summer get outside with your kids and have a blast!
Jackson Hole is a family vacation dream come true. The area has so much to offer for kids of all ages, wildlife spotting, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, river floats, canoeing and tram rides. You can visit Yellowstone in a day trip which mean only unpacking once and staying centrally located in a fun are. The town of Jackson has award winning restaurants, luxury accommodations and even a rodeo for a fun night out. Nothing beats a luxury spa treatment after a long day hiking with the kids.
Ring Road, Iceland
If your love nature and getting away from it all, driving the Ring Road is a fantastic vacation for families. Iceland is getting crowded with tourists but the further you get from Reykjavik, the less people you see. The best part of The Ring Road is that everyday is a new adventure and a new landscape. There is such an incredible variety is small space from glaciers, black sand beaches, geothermal lunar landscapes and waterfalls. There is something for every type of nature lover.
Banff National Park (Canadian Rockies):
Banff is a nature’s paradise only a few hours from Calgary, Alberta. Banff is worth a trip of it’s own or can be included in a larger Canadian road trip due to it’s amazing central location. The glacier lakes are a family favorite in the area and I always recommend a stay at the lovely Fairmont Lake Louise to rest and relax after all that hiking in a tranquil gorgeous setting.
Most people consider Costa Rica a destination to save for winter but there are many benefits to traveling to Costa Rica in the summer. Be aware that it is rainy season during our summer months, but that just means less crowds and better rates! The best way to travel during rainy season in Costa Rica is to have an activity during the morning dry hours and plan some down time or swimming at the hotel pool during the afternoon hours when you are sure to have a short heavy rain. Swimming in a rainstorm is a blast for kids and we all appreciate the down time after a busy morning of outdoor activities in the heat.
Acadia National Park:
Arguably one of the most beautiful areas in New England. Acadia National Park is fairly accessible to get to but still feels extremely remote in places. It is a great compromise for families who are looking for both beach and hiking trails. Nothing like jumping in the frigid Atlantic Ocean after a long hike!
Traveling through The Alps is a bucket list item for many families. It is a dream location for families looking for nature activities, unique culture, jaw dropping landscapes and lots of charm. Staying in a charming village such as Grindelwald is an absolute must!