Are you ready for summer vacation? With many great places to visit throughout the United States, the options are endless for having fun and creating great memories. Plan a trip that the entire family will love to one of these top five summer vacation destinations for active families.
(1) Amelia Island, Florida
Escape the hustle and bustle of Florida theme parks and visit this small barrier island on the most northern part of Florida’s east coast. Amelia Island is a hidden gem where nature and history collide. Ride your bike along the miles of bike trails, hike through the state parks, visit Fort Clinch to experience life as a Civil War soldier or grab a beach chair and umbrella and relax on the beach. Horseback riding, dolphin watching, kid-friendly dining options and activities make Amelia Island the perfect place to bring the entire family.
(2) Gulf Shores, Alabama
With 32 miles of shoreline, a beautiful state park and endless watersports, it’s not difficult to experience adventure, fun and relaxation in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Families will love it because there is something for everyone. Taste fresh gulf seafood, zip line over sand dunes and crystal clear water, explore a little history at historic Fort Morgan and take a nature cruise on Wolf Bay to learn all about harvesting oysters and catching shrimp. Summer is the perfect time to visit Gulf Shores because the ocean water is warm and the weather is beautiful.
(3) Yellowstone National Park
Visit the world’s first national park this summer. Yellowstone National Park is a great American treasure that is perfect for families and active travelers. Escape the world of TV, internet and traffic and experience the outdoors. Bring your camera and spend the day visiting Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Keep your eye out for black bears, mountain lion, bald eagles and more. Kids can become a Junior Ranger and learn about the natural wonders of the park. Drive the Grand Loop Road and view the park from the comfort of your car or strap on your hiking boots and explore on foot. Yellowstone National Park is a family trip that your children will be talking about for years to come.
(4) Washington, DC
Families love Washington, DC because of the endless free, fun and educational activities. Visit one of only four zoos in the United States with Giant pandas. Read the original Declaration of Independence, US Constitution and the Bill of Rights at the National Archives, tour the White House, visit the Capitol and explore the halls of the National Museum of Natural History. Have a picnic on the National Mall and explore the city by foot. Did I mention that most museums, national landmarks and attractions are free and open to the public? Washington, DC is an affordable option for active families looking for an unforgettable experience.
(5) San Diego, California
Head to the west coast and explore San Diego in southern California. Sun, sand, warm weather and beautiful scenery await you. Families love the laid-back atmosphere and endless activities. The San Diego Zoo and Birch Aquarium are a must-see for those that love animals and nature. Go outside and walk the beach or ride along the bike trails on Coronado Island. Drive up the coast to La Jolla or walk the trails at Torrey Pines State Reserve. With an assortment of family friendly accommodations, restaurants and attractions, San Diego is a great option for active families.