Outdoor Family Vacations
Have you started to plan your summer vacation yet? What’ll it be this year—lounging beach- or poolside? Perhaps a cruise? Will you head over the pond to soak in some of Europe’s history and culture? Or maybe you’ll want to get moving and head outdoors to experience what mother nature has to offer in some of this country’s most scenic regions. Here’s what we suggest!
What: Whitewater rafting in the American West
How to Go: O.A.R.S. white water rafting
Featured tour: Salmon River Rafting in Idaho. Six days of rafting down one of the most beautiful rivers in the US in inflatable rafts or dories, soaking in natural how springs, trout fishing, and at the end of every exhilarating day, relaxing and swapping stories around a campfire. It’s a truly unique way to see a part of the world that’s replete with history, yet unsullied by modernity. This trip is suitable for kids as young as nine, except during high water, when 15 is the minimum age.
What: Biking the backroads of Southern California
How to Go: Butterfield & Robinson
Featured Tour: Santa Barbara Bespoke Biking. Discover the unexpectedly picturesque wine region of Southern California, exploring the small towns and the intriguing Los Padres National Forest. Lodging alternates from guest ranches to elegant seaside hotels where you’ll rest your bones after a day of challenging biking. Best of all, this trip can be custom-designed to suit you and your family’s activity level and interests.
What: Hiking in Alaska’s wilderness
How to Go: Backroads
Featured Tour: From Homer to Seward on the Kenai Peninsula. Spot Mountain goats, blackbears, and other Alaskan wildlife as you trek by foot through pristine wilderness, from glacier to lake to sea. The trip, led by expert guides, has several departure dates throughout the summer. Don’t forget your camera!