This summer, why not take to the road with your family in tow? Instead of spending all your vacation savings on a hectic international trip where you want to visit museums and the kids want to wander off alone, let your family bond in the beautiful landscapes of America. No matter where you live in the U.S., there’s a beautiful region to explore.
To get your kids excited about your trip through America, start with an official announcement with Mixbook save the date card templates. Customize your save the date cards and mail them out to anyone you want to know about your family vacation plans. Just for fun, mail them to your kids as a surprise way to announce the trip.
1. Crater Lake, Oregon
Crater Lake sits next to the town of Ashland in Oregon. Surrounded by hiking trails that will suit all of your family members, this picturesque area of the Pacific Northwest embodies the magnificence of the United States. Bring your camera because when you’re exploring Crater Lake with kids, you’ll want to capture the awe on their faces as a bald eagle flies overhead or they catch their first glimpse of a porcupine.
2. National Monument, Colorado
If you’re traveling in a Winnebago or another camper van, you definitely want to visit National Monument in Colorado. It’s vastness requires a vehicle to get around, and seeing all of it in one day is just impossible. Instead of trying to drive in and out of National Monument in your car, visit with a trailer so you can park, spend the night, and pick up where you left off. The kids will enjoy the respite from the heat when you head back to the coolness of your trailer.
3. Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire, and offers a little bit of everything to everyone. With vistas of the White Mountains, and over 180 miles around the lake, it also happens to be the largest salt lake in the United States. For entertainment, there’s easy access to boat and water skiing rentals on the lake itself. There are plenty of cottage and cabin rentals available to suit families of any size.
4. The Everglades, Florida
Once you’ve seen the movie, “The African Queen,” you’ll want to rent a spot on a fan boat and move through the Everglades during your visit to Florida. It’s unlikely you’ll escape without spotting an alligator, a few turtles and perhaps a python snake. Don’t worry. Your airboat captain likely knows how to maneuver his craft a little better than Humphrey Bogart.
5. Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado is snugly nestled up against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It’s pavement lined main streets are lined with independent shops that sell everything from hand-woven hammock chairs to hand-crafted pottery. Boulder’s long history dates back to the Western settlers, and if you visit the neighboring towns like Longmont, Crested Butte and Longmont, you’ll likely find opportunities to do a little tourist panning for gold with the family. When you’re tired of counting your riches, head up to the mountains to do some hiking and picnicking.
Shared experiences and making memories are what keeps families together. These summer travel adventures will bring you and your family closer than ever before.