It’s time to start planning this year’s family adventures! Where will you go that will be a great experience for the entire family? Here are 6 destinations we recommend as family friendly and great for adventure!
Washington, D.C. is a great place to learn our nation’s history and get a better understanding and appreciation for the foundations of the United States of America. There is so much to take in that you really have to choose how you spend your time wisely and plan to go back again if you can. Grab a Metro Pass and a good pair of walking shoes and take in the major landmarks and then choose from the myriad of museums.
This little-known secret of the Great Plains is a fantastic family adventure destination. Take in the amazing Cosmosphere Space Museum where you will see the largest combined collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in one place. Then, head 650 feet down into Strataca – a unique museum inside the underground salt mine.
While Branson is best known for it’s family friendly entertainment, you will also find plenty of other things to do there. We highly recommend the Titanic Museum, the Ride the Ducks, and the Sight & Sound Theatre (and of course, Silver Dollar City!). But, even if you don’t want to spend the money to do these things, you will find a lot of rest and relaxation family-style in the Ozark Mountains. You can find a list of some of the free attractions here.
Stay at the rustic Freemon’s Guest Ranch outside of town (we rent the two attached duplexes for our family!), and take in sights like North Clear Creek Falls, the silver mines, quaint shops, and family-friendly hiking trails. Take time to breathe deep and slow down amongst the gorgeous mountains and aspen trees. There are also some amazing camping grounds in the area if you are ready for that kind of adventure!
Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming
A few years ago, we stayed in a wonderful family sized suite in Cheyenne and used that as our base to visit other locations in the area, including Laramie. Take in the Guernsey Oregon Trail ruts, Hot Springs State Park, and the trolley in Cheyenne. We’ve also heard good things about the Terry Bison Ranch.
Custer, SD was one of our family’s favorite vacations! We stayed in a cabin near Custer State Park and spent time driving Needles Highway, taking in Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, the Mammoth Site, and Wind Cave. We highly recommend going in the off season (Autumn was wonderful!) to take advantage of smaller crowds.
So, where will you go this year?
No matter where it is, make it an adventure!