Summer is one of the best times to take a vacation with the whole family.
The days are longer, the kids have a break from school, and you may even have a few days of personal time off saved up at work.
There’s just one thing …
Finding cheap getaway trips isn’t always easy.
Look, we understand it may seem too expensive, so we thought we would take a moment today to help you get started.
Take a look at some of these cheap getaway trips!
Dramatic vistas, multicolored hot springs, and pristine lakes – Yellowstone* is one of the jewels of the United States.
Summer in Yellowstone is busy, but unless you focus on spending all of your time gathered around Old Faithful*, you may not see many of them. With over 2 million acres of verdant forests and winding byways, this national park is truly extraordinary.
Save money and sanity by camping rather than spending money in the expensive lodging options and spend your evenings in relative solitude with the sounds of nature all around you.
Days can be spent spying the massive herds of buffalo and elk and the less-easily-seen grizzlies and mountain goats.
2. Black Hills
The Black Hills of South Dakota have long been considered cowboy country.
Famous Deadwood, site of the final moments of Wild Bill Hickok, has attracted visitors since 1876 and remains a draw, however the main draw of the region has to be grandeur of Mount Rushmore*. This massive monument of four presidents towers 5,725 feet above sea level.
Looking for something a little more adventurous?
Visit The Black Hills and experience what it’s like to pan for gold during the gold rush.
3. Washington DC
Every member of the family will enjoy a trip to Washington DC.
The Smithsonian collection of museums along the National Mall are all open for the viewing and both adults and children will appreciate everything from the history of space flight, to Julia Child’s kitchen, to dinosaur skeletons.
In addition to the Smithsonian, you can view the White House and Washington Monument, the Capitol, and test your spy qualities at the International Spy Museum. When exhausted from sightseeing, it is easy to find exciting neighborhoods and delicious restaurants to fit any budget.
4. San Diego
This coastal city features nearly perfect weather, one of the country’s best zoos, and stunning Balboa Park. Outdoor activities abound from beach combing to hiking the nearby hills.
Home to a large naval base and the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, which features the decommissioned USS Midway, an aircraft carrier-turned-museum, San Diego’s Seaworld, Gaslamp Quarter and Point Loma will win raves from the whole family.
Step back in time and enjoy the history of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
Like Jamestown and Yorktown, Williamsburg is one of the country’s most historic sites. Enjoy reenactments, the rolling woodland hills, and 18th-century English architecture restored to its original beauty.
You can even stay at The Historic Powhatan Resort, which captures the Colonial spirit.
6. Grand Canyon
The vast Grand Canyon is massive, averaging 10 miles across, one mile deep, and stretching 277 miles. A highlight of any family vacation, stand in awe of the sweeping vistas before hiking the rim or even venturing down into the canyon to visit Phantom Ranch (note this is not for the faint of heart and not possible as a day hike).
Further activities can involve white water rafting on the Colorado River or taking to the air to view the canyon from a fixed wing flight or helicopter tour.
7. Santa Fe
Santa Fe is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Located high in the hills of New Mexico, there are abundant outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Back in the city participate in a family cooking class, visit the Santa Fe Children’s museum, test your fitness skills at the Climbing center or one of the numerous skateboard parks, and even explore The Harrell House Bug Museum.
Take a trip during the summer and enjoy the beautiful Villas de Santa Fe poolside.
The stunning Yosemite National Park* is a gem of a vacation for an active family. Days and weeks can be spent hiking, biking, climbing, and camping throughout the park. Rangers lead visitors on tours and have multiple interpretive talks geared towards children.
Bird watching and fishing are popular options and rafting is gaining in popularity. For nature lovers, Yosemite is a must.
Seattle may be family vacation perfection. Set on scenic Puget Sound, the sight of the Space Needle* will create an immediate sense of the familiar. Pike Place Market, one of the most interesting markets in the country, features everything from fresh produce and crafts, to mummies for sale. Located right above the active waterfront, Pike Place will enchant all ages.
Stay at one of the beautiful Seattle lodges and enjoy the Seattle Aquarium*, the Children’s Museum at Seattle Center*, or Woodland Park Zoo* before trying out one of the many ethnic restaurants the city is famous for.
Making Cheap Getaway Trips Fun!
Along with all of the highlighted options there are other delightful ideas for family vacations such as dude ranches, multi-day river rafting, or taking in a road trip, all excellent family memory makers.
Perhaps taking up a new family friendly sport, such as pickle ball, will be a winner this year. Maybe take a culinary exploration of a foodie city such as New Orleans. Some families might find this is the year to step out of their comfort zone and explore a region of the country that it totally new to them.
Whichever type of vacation you are searching for, now is the time to ensure a vacation to remember. Make 2017 a summer that your children will want to someday recreate with their own families.
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