1. National Parks
Between them, the U.S. and Canada boast nearly 100 national parks, offering spectacular landscapes and awesome outdoor experiences for families of all ages. Many require reservations for camping and lodging, so plan your trip in advance.
Not a hardcore camper? No worries. Glamping (glamour + camping) resorts offer a cushy alternative – the outdoor experience wrapped in luxury. Staying in a yurt, treehouse or other cool structure with ready access to running water and other necessities is a relaxing experience the whole family can enjoy – including special needs families or those with very young kids. For more information on glamping visit InspiredCamping.com.
3. Volunteer Vacation
Family volunteering is a wonderful way to give back the communities you visit and empower your kids to be a positive agent of change. There are volunteer vacations available worldwide; for more information visit GoEco.org.
4. Farm or Ranch Stay
Imagine your kids faces as they collect their own eggs to eat for breakfast, pull carrots from the farm garden, eat blueberries right off the bush, then race to the creek running through the property to splash and wash off messy hands? Farmstays offer families a chance to experience life in the country, to understand where and how your food is grown or raised, and to connect families with the natural world, with farmers, and ultimately with each other. FarmstayUS.com offers a searchable database of farm and ranch stays nationwide.
5. Alternative Transportation Tours
Why not make the journey itself the destination? Besides bike touring, there are lots of other non-motorized options: trips by canoe, kayak, horseback, or even covered wagon!
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