Making the summer vacation plan for the family can be difficult. Looking for a luxurious vacation? We have some ideas. Thinking about a road trip through the national parks? We have some suggestions for that too. Want to just get away with the kids for a few hours? Yes, we know just the spot. Here are some of the best family summer vacation ideas to help make your summer vacation planning less stressful and more relaxing.
Vacation Like Royalty
There’s no place like London! The city is full of fun for a family summer vacation, from attractions to accommodations. It’s also rich in history, with landmarks like the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, where families can watch the Changing of the Guard. Kids will love the London Eye, a Ferris wheel-like ride with gorgeous views of the city.
Do Some Good
How’s this for a summer vacation plan? Instead of sitting on the beach this summer, consider lending a hand in a fun volunteer vacation. You can pack your luggage and travel abroad or stay close to home. You might also consider helping to clean up our national parks and trails by joining the Sierra Club.
Ride a Loop De Loop
What kid doesn’t want to run around an amusement park, screaming wildly when they’re flipped, looped and tossed about on roller coasters and other thrill rides? It’s even better with a parent who doesn’t have nerves of steel. Something about watching a parent squirm makes them laugh and appreciate their efforts even more! Be a kid again and hit a local amusement park for your family summer vacation.
Adventures on the River
Take your family on a rafting adventure on Northern California’s Lower Klamath River, Idaho’s Salmon River or on the Green River through Desolation Canyon in Utah. Veteran outfitter, OARS, offers one- to six-day professionally guided trips for families with kids as young as 4 years old. Set up camp and talk about your adventures over dinner cooked on your portable grill from Buydig.com.
Sample Some Sweet
Have someone with a sweet tooth in the family? Head to Hershey, Pennsylvania, known to be the Sweetest Place on Earth! There, you can visit Hershey’s Chocolate World to learn the story of Milton Hershey and sample sweet treats (and even make your own) along the way. You might also like the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Vermont, or the Jelly Belly Factory in California, both listed among the 12 Best Food Factory Tours for Families.
Visit a National Park
Many of our national parks offer free admission, while others charge a fee. Luckily, all parks are free of charge on select days throughout the year. National parks provide opportunities for backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, or simply relaxing with a picnic lunch packed in your Frigidaire Cooler from Buydig.com. Pack it full of ice made from the new Frigidaire ice maker! If you’re lucky, you’ll get up close and personal with wildlife, too!
Enjoy the Slopes Sans Snow
Who says you can’t go to a ski resort for your summer family vacation? Using their lifts to bring people to the mountain peaks for downhill mountain biking or hiking on the trails, ski resorts provide family fun year-round. All that melted snow results in nearby rivers offering fantastic river rafting adventures, and winter resorts open their doors for summer travelers who splash in their pools and gather around fire pits for S’more-filled evenings.
Head to a Dude Ranch
For a good time your kids will rave about for years to come, consider a dude ranch family vacation. The entire family can get outdoors for horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and swimming in ponds and streams, and then gather nightly around the campfire for stories and S’mores. At many dude ranches, you’ll also be able to help with daily chores, such as feeding the horses. Dude ranches provide different levels of accommodations, too, from luxurious cabins or glamping experiences to traditional campsites.
Make your plans now to take one of these best summer vacations with your family.