Now that summer is nearly upon us, many families across the U.S. and elsewhere are starting to make plans for their vacations. Soon, the kids will be out of school, the weather will be warm, and the days will be long, making it an excellent time to hit the road. To help out with that planning, National Geographic has published a listing of 10 great family-friendly adventure destinations with some fantastic suggestions on where to go and what to see.
As usual, I won’t give away all of the entires on the list, but I will say that it begins with one of my favorite places – Custer State Park in South Dakota. This fantastic place is filled with a vast wilderness to explore and offers plenty of attractions for adventurous families. Custer is so good that it is on par with many national parks, making it a must-see for anyone planning a cross-country journey that wanders through the region this summer.
Other places that earn a nod include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. Each entry on the Nat Geo list includes a description of what makes that place so special, and this being National Geographic, there are plenty of good photos too. The article is also chock full of links to other websites to get even more information about the destination as well.
The classic family vacation is such an important part in the development of a young child’s life. Not only does it foster a healthy curiosity about the world around them, not to mention a love for the outdoors, but it also generates fond memories that will stay with them throughout their lifetime. I know I still have great memories about the vacations my family took together as kids. Any one of these destinations will foster similar feelings in your family too. And if you’re a single adventurer, these places are still great as well.
Check out the entire list here.