As a child you might have some fond memories of vacations with your family. Time away from “real life” is where a family can often bond the most together. Today, with the busyness of our lives and both adults typically working, a vacation can be harder to schedule than ever. Still there are many vacation options, such as the ones below, that can fit into a tight schedule.
Family Ski Trip
If your family enjoys skiing or snowboarding, a one or two night ski trip to the mountains might be a natural choice. There are many groups or resorts that specialize in putting together multi-night family packages for skiers and snowboarders. This type of trip is obviously best in the wintertime, but if you have the time and means to travel snow can be found somewhere year round. Another plus is that the trip can be relatively inexpensive, especially if you don’t have to travel far and shop around for the best deal.
The beach is a long time family vacation favorite. It’s a great trip for families because it’s really kid friendly, and can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. The U.S. has many great beach destinations where multiple days could easily be spent exploring, such as Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. Wherever you go, you can spend the days on the beach enjoying the sand and ocean, or wandering through the picturesque towns and villages that dot the coastline.
Visit the City
If you’re not from the big city (and not totally averse to it) visiting a place like Boston, New York City, Seattle, or Los Angeles might be a great family weekend. The United States has a ton of great cities to visit for a weekend. Each city has its own culture, feel, and history. You can experience the colonial patriotism and history of a place like Boston or Philadelphia, admire the grit and toughness of immigrant New York, or witness the glitz, glamour, and excess of Los Angeles or Las Vegas, just to name a few.
While certainly not for everyone, camping, be it in a tent, RV, or cabin, can be a great family vacation. There are a ton of National Forests and Parks around the country to visit and experience. Each one has their own distinct offerings, from towering mountains, to deep forests, to untouched coastline, to crystal clear lakes. A camping trip makes for a great family vacation in part for its inexpensiveness. Many great government run campsites can be had for less than $20 a night. Camping gear may be a little pricey at times, but if camping becomes a family tradition it can pretty much pay itself off within a few years.