Top Attractions For Family Vacations in the United States – Surprise, Disney World Isn’t on the List!
Families are always looking for great vacation spots to bring the kids. Here are our recommendations for top attractions for family vacations in the United States, and surprise, Disney World isn’t on the list!
I live in Portland Oregon where, no joke, our biggest tourist attraction (for adults and kids alike) is Powell’s Books – a bookstore with a collection so large that, in addition to its own three-story-tall city-block big building, it has started to take over the building across the street. It’s also the grandfather of the used/new-side-by-side sales model that more and more independent bookstores are starting to adopt across the country. If your family ever finds itself in Portland, you’ll have to see it.
There are numerous well-known sites where travelers can experience a combination of beautiful nature, local history and an atmosphere of Americana. I’m “allergic” to touristy sites but a recent trip out West brought us the opportunity to enjoy all of these elements in a friendly atmosphere of good old welcoming Kansas hospitality.
Friends suggested that we stop off in Fort Scott Kansas, a small town of fewer than 10,000 residents. I had never heard of Fort Scott before this trip but I was glad that we made the effort to spend a day there. Fort Scott may never be known as one of America’s ten most popular travel sites but we appreciated the chance to relax and walk around the cultural and historical sites of the city.
Any beer geek traveling along the west coast will find some of the best craft breweries in America, breweries that turn every pint glass into a veritable chalice. It’s not just great beer to fall in love with – these amazing west coast breweries are located in remarkable cities rich in character, making them hugely popular draws among visiting tourists.
Whether you’re traveling among friends or bravely trekking the open road alone, make sure to add these delectable craft breweries to your itinerary.
Craving a grand adventure, one that won’t make you pay $100+ just to get in, only to be surrounded by thousands of other sweaty people, all spending half of the day waiting in long lines (I’m talking about you, Disneyland)? That doesn’t seem like much of an escape, or any adventure I’d want to partake in.
So why not take the road less frequented, head outside of town, and immerse yourself in an unfamiliar wilderness. The western United States is wild and full of rare beauty that should be witnessed. Below are a few of my top destinations for that adventurous spirit of yours.
Lake Tahoe glows a deep, dark blue in the sun, dramatically framed by mountains and forest. Because the lake undergoes a natural process called deep mixing, plant matter that drops to the bottom decays properly in an oxygen rich environment, preventing the nutrients that fuel algae growth. As a result, Lake Tahoe is incredibly clear and beautiful. Located in the nothern Sierra Nevada mountains is the second deepest lake in North America and straddles two states and five different counties. That’s not what makes it exceptional though.
If you’re looking to go the extra mile, California has some of the world’s most picturesque hiking trails to get your adrenaline going. Whether you’re looking for extensive rugged climbs or more sedate paths, the state contains plenty of worthy hiking destinations to meet your needs.
Here’s a look at three highly-rated destinations worth exploring — each featuring a wide variety of easy to difficult trails, as well as some essential tips for your journey.
The fall is the perfect time to plan a quick vacation, especially if the region you live in is isolated from seasonal changes. I must admit that fall is one of my favorite times of year. There’s nothing like camping out under the stars on a crisp September or October night. The greens, browns, reds, oranges, and yellows that color the trees are a treat to see.
When considering a trip this fall, put Portland, Oregon on your list. This city is a prime spot for an unforgettable vacation.
While it’s not one of those major U.S. cities where tourists fill the streets, it is truly a unique city where you can experience the very scenic outdoors; go hiking, see the beautiful Japanese influences on the city, or indulge in the local food craze. It’s a city with unique charm that should not be missed.
What do you envision when you hear ‘bed and breakfast?’ If you’re like most people, you probably think about an historic Victorian or Queen Anne draped in lace and tucked away in a quaint corner of town. While it’s true that many inns were grand, former homes of the town’s well-to-do, some were not even used as homes at all.
From schoolhouses and churches, to working lighthouses and sail boats, some B&Bs lived completely different lives before opening their doors to travelers and serving up delicious breakfasts. So, next time you fall asleep in class, don’t be too hard on yourself. In fact, you may be onto something!
When I walk through Hollywood and see the unending throngs of tourists crowded into open trucks and tour buses around the neighborhood — cameras at the ready — I always wonder how they separate the few really awesome celebrity tours from the overwhelming multitude that are cheesy, overpriced, and don’t feature anything involving any real celebrities.
If you’re from out of town, I could drive you into Beverly Hills, point to a big house, and say, “Denzel Washington lives there.” Would you ever know the difference? Follow this inside guide and land on a tour that truly is a road map to the stars.
Ah, summer… There’s something about the bright sunshine and warm weather that makes you want to pack up your car and head out onto the open road. If you need another reason, the classic road trip comedy, Vacation, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. So, you may want to take a cue from the Griswolds and plan one of your own!
While the idea of spending countless hours in a car might strike fear in your heart, it’s an adventurous way to get up close and personal with the wondrous, natural beauty of North America. When you’re ready to veer off-road to recharge and refresh your batteries, make a pit stop at one of the many B&Bs near these famous byways before mapping out your next excursion:
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