Family adventure travel ideas
The Grand Canyon
Hitting the trails is a great way to get some exercise and explore an area up close. Strike out with friends, join a group, or sign up for a guided outing. Find a trail close to home or make a great hike — such as The Grand Canyon — the centerpiece of a family adventure.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Forget unrolled sleeping bags on uneven ground. Think exotic bed laden with thick, silky linens, elegant antiques, and carpets warming the wood floor. Gaze at the tree-covered mountains looming in the distance from your private deck overlooking the mouth of the pristine Bedwell River on Vancouver Island.
Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego
The frontier town of Ushuaia serves as a gateway to adventure and astounding natural beauty. Fishing, trekking, sailing, and exploring the wild riches of the rugged landscape bring travelers to this end-of-the-earth location.
Penguin Parade at the Falkland Islands
Just 300 miles northwest of Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands are also home to several thousand people — and to the King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, and Magellanic penguins, which are spellbinding to observe in their picturesque seaside settings. In Gypsy Cove, nearly 300 pairs of 15-inch Magellanic penguins flopped into the sea, waddled to and from small groupings, and paddled in a small pool on a bright blue-skied day.
Wild rivers of Montana
Leave civilization behind and challenge yourselves on western white water. Take the rustic approach and camp along the river's edge. Or float by day and snuggle in at the lodge overnight. Among Montana's river-running options is one of the area's most visually stunning regions. You'll join guide Marek Rosin on a trip down the family-friendly Stillwater River as it winds its way through a one-sided canyon.
Glacier National Park
Montana's Glacier National Park is a must-see: stunning vistas, more than 200 lakes, 175 named mountains, and 40 glaciers, all tucked within one million acres of natural beauty. Step aboard historic boats and glide across the pristine alpine lakes, venture down the wild and scenic Middle and North Forks of the Flathead River. With so much to see, if you go, it is important to plan in advance.
One of the many benefits of an extra-snowy Montana winter is a bounty of summer wildflowers. Last night, I went to one of my favorite hiking trails. Several professional photographers were knee-deep in blossoms, tripods steady, capturing the magnificence of the evening light. I knelt among blue, yellow, white, purple, and pink flowers of varying sizes and stature, taking my own photos. We couldn't help but reach out to each other to declare our shared appreciation for the blanket of natural beauty.
Epic excitement in Colorado
The "Epic Summer, a Colorado Family Adventure" deal offers vacationers a great chance to enjoy an action-packed holiday with an expert adventurer to lead the way. Explore the best of Colorado's Rocky Mountains with scenic gondola rides, mountaintop picnics, mountain hikes, horseback riding, and white-water rafting.
Celebrate Alaska: The grandeur of glaciers
Throughout 2009, Alaska is celebrating 50 years of statehood. You can still take advantage of promotions and special fares through the end of the year. Enjoy an up-close view of stunning scenery and wildlife from aboard the small ships that cruise the wonders of Alaska. Kids enjoy observing floating icebergs when not scoping out wildlife on shore.
Celebrate Alaska: Ride the rails
See the state's magnificent beauty from the comfort of the Alaska Railroad's double-decker dome cars. Enjoy scenic views, meals, snacks, and stress-free travel for every member of the family.