Planning your family’s next vacation is an exciting yet overwhelming task. Where will you go? What will you do? How can you make sure everyone has fun and stays safe? The good news is that the process doesn’t have to be all that hard, especially if you know where to start! Use these simple tips and tricks to plan your next family trip without a hitch, from top spots to see with kids of all ages to fun family activities you can enjoy together. There’s something for everyone here!
Visit Yellowstone National Park
If you’re looking for an awe-inspiring location that the whole family will enjoy, Yellowstone National Park is the place for you. Although it’s surrounded by lush vegetation and boasts stunning waterfalls, it’s also home to incredible wildlife including elk, buffalo, and black bears. There are dozens of hikes, each with its own unforgettable sights that kids and adults alike will be sure to love.
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Plan A Trip To Philadelphia
Established in 1682, Philadelphia is an American city with rich cultural and social history. There are many sights worth exploring in the area that you may not have heard of or explored before. One fascinating stop on your list should be Carpenters’ Hall. First built in 1770, it was once the meeting place for revolutionaries who drafted Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. It’s also now home to the Liberty Bell, famously cracked when it first rang and restored after ringing out again in celebration following the adoption of the US Constitution. Today visitors can tour both inside and outside where there are modern sculptures and quotations along with examples of traditional tradesmen’s skills from years past.
Watch the Aurora Borealis in Churchill, Canada
Did you know that the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights) are natural light displays in the sky, typically occurring at night and most easily seen from places in far northern latitudes? The show, also known as The Dance of the Spirits takes place when electrically charged particles from the sun enter Earth’s atmosphere. Haha, sounds cool right?
Do you desire a soul-stirring experience? It’s one thing to see photos of solar flares on Twitter or Instagram, but there’s nothing like watching them with your own eyes. Our recommendation: Plan a trip to Canada in February during their darkest winter months and watch The Dance of The Spirits in Churchill, Manitoba. But don’t worry if you can’t make it there—the show is visible from around 100km (62 miles) away.
Visit Forks, Washington
As you start your planning, don’t forget the essentials: Where are you going? When will you be there? What will you do while you’re there? And finally, who is going with you and what are their ages and interests? There are few places on earth that inspire the Twilight sensation like Forks, Washington. It’s everything we need for our perfect rainy day in Oregon- including some delicious seafood restaurants along the coast.
We all know that kids aren’t going to stick around for more than 10 minutes if you drag them out on an aimless journey. Give your family some choices about what you can do together, but be open to their input too. Allow each member of your family to play a role in planning so that they feel included and appreciated.
It’s the white continent, it’s where all the mountains are, and it’s one of the most untouched parts of the world. Antarctica is one place you won’t want to miss during your family trip. Why? This just might be one of your favorite parts! Even though there are only about 200 kilometers (124 miles) in total which is ice-free, there are many reasons why this place needs to be visited during your next family vacation.
The continent is home to thousands of creatures including penguins, seals, and even whales. Penguin species include emperors, Adelies, chinstraps, Gentoos, and more. In addition, there are millions of crab-eating seals and southern elephant seals. You will also find vast colonies of birds that migrate here during autumn every year to escape winter storms in Europe and North America.
See the Northern Lights on a Cruise from Iceland
There are few greater sights than witnessing the dance of the Northern Lights over pristine snow and ice. This quintessential Icelandic experience is always a winner, but there’s no need to wait until you’re in Iceland – many cruises offer sailings that will bring the phenomenon to you. We’ve put together a list of five of our favorite cruises below, all departing from Reykjavik and offering amazing opportunities for seeing this unforgettable light show.
See below for more information on each cruise, or click here to check the availability and prices of a trip that’s right for you. We’ve also included one more suggestion below – we know it’s not in Iceland, but it is close by, and it offers an excellent chance to see another magical phenomenon – The Midnight Sun.
If you’re able to get away during March or April, an excursion from Reykjavik aboard The Sun Voyager is guaranteed to showcase two of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders. See more about The Sun Voyager below.
Planning a family trip can be tough, especially when you’re juggling school, work, and other responsibilities. But there are so many awesome destinations that are close by or not too far away for some beautiful and memorable bonding time with your loved ones. You just need to set aside some time and explore your options! Check out the sites below for more information on planning your next big adventure -Rick Steves Europe guidebook series: These books offer in-depth guides to European cities like Paris, London, Rome, and Barcelona.
-Travelocity’s website: Travelocity offers vacation packages to get you closer to your dream destination without having to do all of the research yourself.
-Wiki Travel’s website: Wikipedia offers advice on packing list essentials and lists of best travel spots around the world based on seasonality as well as money spent per night.