Unique Family Vacations
You’ve been to Universal Studios; Niagara Falls; Washington, D.C. and you’re regulars at the beach. While your children may feel like they’ve seen it all, we have a few off-the-beaten-path suggestions for your next family vacation.
Whether you’re looking for an adventure, a laid-back getaway or you’re just ready to shake things up a bit, we found a few off-the-beaten-path family vacation destinations that will surely keep your family entertained. Start planning for next year or try to squeeze in a quick trip before the clan goes back to school.
Travel + Leisure
assembled a list of the world’s most underrated cities. You can find suggestions like Denver and Providence, R.I., if you want to stay in the United States or international adventures in Glasgow and Adelaide, Australia. After perusing the list, we had to add Calgary, Canada, to our travel list to see the 10-day Calgary Stampede rodeo.
categorized its list of top family getaways by region to help narrow your search geographically. In the Eastern U.S., Bucks County, Pa., looks like a great choice. It has life-size Muppets at Sesame Place and you can visit Washington Crossing Historic Park to see where George Washington crossed the Delaware. From the mid-Atlantic list, we were intrigued by Helen, Ga., because of its Castle Inn – a hotel that looks just like a castle.
has a list of the 10 coolest family vacation spots, including a trip to Takilma, Ore., where you can stay in a treehouse at the Treehouse Institute! We also loved the suggestion to visit Zion National Park for hiking and the summer junior ranger program.
If you are looking for a beach trip, the Travel Channel
has a list of the most overlooked beaches in North Carolina. Cape Lookout is a great choice – visitors can take a ferry to Harkers Island and enjoy horse-watching, fishing and camping.
Even the Weather Channel has a list of unusual summer vacation ideas
. Our favorite is Wizard Quest in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where visitors have to solve puzzles and games to free imprisoned wizards. Or for history buffs, you can head to Camden, N.J., to visit the U.S.S. New Jersey – a World War II battleship that was transformed into a museum.
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