Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #1:
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota is the home of the famous rock carvings of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It took many months to create these massive and awe-inspiring portraits out of the solid rock wall. The colorful wildflowers and start rock landscapes of the Black Hills are the setting for this uniquely American cultural icon.
Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Book at the visitors center. The kids can learn as they explore the monument and earn a certificate and souvenir patch.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #2:
Grand Canyon, Arizona is an overwhelming site that you may not believe what you are seeing. This is so much more than just a “hole in the ground”.
This grandest of all canyons is just so immense – one mile deep, 18 miles wide at it widest point, and 277 miles of river – that it is difficult to take it all in.
Just imagine the natural forces and time that it took to create. If you don’t have a fear of heights, be sure the canyon from the incredible viewpoint of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.
This is an architectural marvel that allows you to actually walk out over the canyon and look down through a glass floor at the river, 4,000 feet below.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #3:
Way up in the northeast corner of the United States is Acadia National Park. Beautiful Maine is the setting. Here you will find Cadillac Mountain which is the tallest mountain on the east coast.
Come and enjoy the scenery and explore the forest covered landscape. Drive or bicycle the scenic roads or hike the trails. Visit Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. Rent a kayak and explore the shoreline. Visit the Oceanarium museums and the Seal Cove Auto Museum.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #4:
The Everglades National Park in south Florida is a water park. But this is nature’s water park, not the splash and ride man-made variety. The whole place is covered in a foot or so of water and makes up the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The park is home to many rare and endangered species as well as plethora of flora and fauna.
The Everglades is visited by people from around the world. It has been designated a World heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and Wetland of International Importance.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #5:
Congaree, South Carolina is one of the last places in North America where you will find old-growth floodplain forest. This national park is home to record sized national and state champion trees. The park is a dynamic floodplain ecosystem with a widely diverse animal and plant population. You can walk, hike, fish, camp and canoe this relaxing and tranquil natural environment. Explore on the miles of natural trails and boardwalk trails in the park.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #6:
Shenandoah National Park is only 75 miles from our nation’s capital and is a great place to get away from all the hectic daily activity in the busy northeast corner of the U.S. A great road trip vacation idea is the Skyline Drive which runs through the park along the crest of the mountains. The Appalachian Trail also runs through the park providing an excellent place to hike and enjoy this wilderness wonder.
Top Ten Family Vacation Destinations #7:
The world’s longest cave is Mammoth Cave located in Kentucky. How long? Try 100 miles! No other cave system even comes close. You can see all 100 miles, of course, but the areas open to tour are absolutely spectacular. There are over dozen different tours you can take. The shortest is a little over an hour and goes down 140 feet into the cave. The truly adventurous visitor can try the Wild Cave Tour which explore over 5 miles of the cave and gives you a good feeling of what it’s like to do some real cave exploring.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #8:
Yosemite National Park, in California, is an extremely popular vacation idea for families. Here in the 1,200 square miles you will find a natural wilderness land to enjoy. Grand meadows, majestic mountains, deep valleys and timeless giant sequoia trees – this is the American western wilderness preserved for your family to enjoy. Whatever your choice of activity from camping to photography, Yosemite can fulfill your vacation needs.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #9:
Wyoming, Montana and Idaho all share the bounty of Yellowstone National Park. This is the home to “Old faithful” geyser as well as other geysers and hot springs that are some of the most extraordinary you will find anywhere. Since it was established in 1872, Yellowstone has been the protected home to bison, elk, grizzly bears and wolves. Millions of visitors come here every year to enjoy this flagship of the American park system.
Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations #10:
For over 75 years, the Great Smokey Mountains has been a vacation getaway destination in Tennessee and North Carolina. The national park here is the most visited of all US national parks. It’s easily accessible for the large population centers on the east coast and offers a beautiful outdoor getaway spot. The surrounding area also offers many opportunities to discover the unique and fascinating remnants of the Southern Appalachian mountain culture.
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