The Outdoor Escape: 5 Places You Should Consider for a Family Vacation

Summer has arrived and that has families planning their next vacation. We spend most of our time indoors–working in offices, going to school, shopping for groceries, etc. Bringing closeness as a family, obtaining a healthy respect for nature, and building curiosity are a few examples of the benefits of spending time outdoors as a family. It’s time for the outdoor escape–a list of the five places you should consider for a family vacation to guide you in your planning.

Hoodoo, Who Knew?

Bryce Canyon is a wonder of the world. Populated by unique and bizarre rock formations–known as hoodoos–Bryce Canyon is a destination that just might make you think the desert is one of the most beautiful places in America. Road trips, camping, hiking, exploring, and wildlife will fill your family’s vacation with experiences of a lifetime. Bryce Canyon lodging can be as accommodating as your family prefers. Staying in Bryce Canyon National Park provides direct access to a tremendous amount of activities. Nearby, families can find places to stay in Grand Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, and Panguitch Lake.

Hike the Gorge

There aren’t many places in the world that are quite like the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Driving along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway–your family will marvel at the sights of waterfalls, river views, and towering, forested cliffs. Hikes are aplenty along the 75-mile road that spans from Troutdale to The Dalles. Depending on your adventure level–experiences may vary. For those that are looking for a riskier trip, zip lining the gorge might be for you. If you’re looking for a nice hike in the old growth forest, Multnomah Falls offers an easy walk to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in America.

Dive into the Keys

Visiting the Florida Keys offers a unique look into the other parts of life that exist on the earth. A visit to Pennekamp Park where you can hop on a snorkeling tour is sure to fill your day with excitement. Snorkeling in the Keys is a spectacular peek into the underwater havens found in our oceans. Get up close and personal with barracuda, parrot fish, huge queen conch shells, brain coral, and lush seagrass beds. You can experience the ocean in an impactful way as your family swims in a natural aquarium–flourishing with life and engage your inner pirate–submerging yourself among sunken treasure and shipwrecks.

Raft the Salmon River

The Salmon River in Idaho is an ideal location for an outdoor escape. Camping in tents, staying in cabins, or even sleeping under the stars await your family as you prepare for your trip down the river. Whitewater adventures from classes I-V give families the opportunity to decide on their comfort level before heading out on their trips. Safety is the utmost concern to river guides making sure that you and your family make it through the trip safely. The Salmon River provides an exciting way for the active family to spend time while on vacation.

Head to the Woods

Luckily, we have access to an abundance of camping opportunities. This means that families have the chance to head out to their nearest campground and enjoy a weekend in the outdoors. Needing only a tent, some groceries, a few sleeping bags, and some flashlights–families will love looking up at the night sky while sitting by the campfire making smores. The ultimate bonding experience–camping is a terrific choice for your next vacation.

Spending time outdoors has never been easier. Depending on your adventure level–a multitude of opportunities await families that head outside. The benefits are tremendous and your family will grow closer than ever. Nature is the ultimate playground and it’s important to never lose that sense of wonder.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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