It’s not easy to be spontaneous when it comes to travel. Time off needs to be cleared through work, kids can’t miss school, and prices need to be compared for flights and hotels. Planning a family vacation takes some research and organization, which can be daunting for busy Mom’s and Dad’s.
Believe it or not, multigenerational family trips have become so complicated and stressful to plan that many families are opting in to bringing in experts. “I’ve been working as a travel agent for 15 years and in the last two I’ve seen a major increase in requests to help with family trips that include all generations,” says Eileen O’Keeffe Clancy of Simply Juicy Travel. “Luckily, there are some great options here in the U.S. for families, so you don’t need to worry about expensive airfare or new passports.”
The important thing, says O’Keeffe Clancy, is giving yourself enough lead time to plan ahead. You’ll get the best rates, better availability for rooms and more access to special activities offered for families.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is a potentially life-changing trip since the enormity and beauty of the canyons reminds us of the intense power of Mother Nature. With plenty of hiking trails, white water rafting trips on the river, historical landmarks and museums, a family vacation to the Grand Canyon will make you all feel like you just stepped into an issue of National Geographic. The Grand Canyon has on-site lodgings, campgrounds and RV parks, so you can customize your trip based on your family’s needs.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod offers families an opportunity to relax and unwind in a lush, green environment. As a peninsula on the eastern shore of Massachusetts, with beaches, lakes, hikes, bike rides, kayaking and whale watching, the Cape has a little bit of something for everyone. With plenty of hotels and vacation rentals for families, the most stressful part of this trip will be figuring out which charming beach town you want to stay in.
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Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont
Not just a ski resort, Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont is a great destination for families with kids of all ages. From all-day daycare for kids aged 6 weeks to 3 years old, to adventure programs for older kids, boredom will not be an option! And with the kids occupied, you’ll be able to enjoy some adult time by the pool, enjoy one of the many fitness classes offered, or visit the spa for a massage.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If you’re in the market for a great beach getaway this summer, check out Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If you’re not close enough to make the drive to the 60 miles of soft, sandy beaches, you can conveniently fly into the Myrtle Beach International Airport. The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade has great attractions for both kids and grown-ups, including live music, arcade games, a giant ferris wheel and plenty of delicious restaurants.
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Summer in Jackson Hole is all about adventure–hiking, whitewater rafting, golfing, horseback riding, hang gliding and hot air balloon rides. A great escape from your day-to-day life, the vast and beautiful nature that surrounds the small mountain town will have both you and your children in awe. And with Grand Teton National Park nearby, there will be plenty of exploring to do on this summer trip.
Yellowstone National Park
Located in the northwest corner of Wyoming and bordering Idaho and Montana, Yellowstone National Park is one of the greatest natural attractions here in the U.S. A vast expanse of nature and wildlife, Yellowstone sits on over 2.2 million acres of land and features the world’s most well-known geyser, Old Faithful. There are also 12 different campgrounds within the park, making it the perfect way to spend quality time with the family while also connecting to nature.
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With summer just around the corner, if you start planning your family trip today you’re guaranteed to get better rates and more availability for the vacation of your choosing. “Family travel is so important,” says O’Keeffe Clancy. “You have a chance to make memories together that will last forever.”