For most of us, summer's the best chance to take an extended vacation, away from it all. The Great Outdoors beckons, as do local beaches, and faraway destinations... Find many ideas about where to go for family trips in summer-time.
Photo courtesy of Salt Fort State Park Resort.
Tips and recommendations, to help your family on their way to a great summer vacation. Save on airfares, drive to a resort with waterpark, try a Family Camp, or Ohio State Park lodges with resort-like features, or a destination at a good price point...
Inspirations for where to go, in ten popular regions.
Photo courtesy of Mammoth Mountain.
Take advantage of the summer travel weeks to connect (or reconnect) with Nature -- whether it's done rustic-style, or in luxury. Check out "Lodging and Learning" family programs at Yellowstone; family adventures in Yosemite; Banff Alberta; and more.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Place, Vermont.
These ideas will take you past "G" for Garfield at Lake Compounce, "N" for a Pennsylvania resort, "O" for a top-rated amusement park, "R" for River Rafting, "X" for Xcaret...
Photo courtesy of Holiday Expeditions.
White water rafting, Grand Canyon Learning & Lodging Adventures, Frost Valley YMCA Family Camp, Curious George's Cottage...
Photo courtesy of Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center.
These vacation ideas range from Hawaii to Colorado to Europe, and include two budget-priced all-inclusive weeks full of activities, one in Santa Barbara and one in PA; an all inclusive lodge getaway with back-in-time activities in North Carolina; Rome on a budget; Glenwood Springs, Colorado; Disney's Aulani Resort on Oahu; and more.
Photo courtesy of Six Flags New England.
Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachussetts, and Rhode Island offer wonderful opportunities for Great Outdoors getaways, plus family resorts, family camps, and also fun such as amusement parks.
Photo courtesy of Niagara Falls Tourism.
Some places are arguably better to visit in June than later in the summer (when they will be hotter and more crowded.) Families with kids who aren't in school -- or families with schoolkids whose last day of class is in late May or early June -- can head off for an early summer visit to Niagara Falls, New York City, Outer Banks... see these and more suggestions.
Click for many ideas: London and Paris sightseeing; medieval hill towns in Italy; castle stays; deluxe "camping villages" with waterslides, sports, kids' programs (- stay in 3-bedroom "canvas acccommodation" or in holiday homes); lots more.
A set of ideas especially for visitors from the UK who are "crossing the pond" to North America or the Caribbean.
Summer solstice celebrations, fun at ski resorts, Fourth of July celebrations...