Having a family means that all your adventures can be even greater since you have your loved ones with you sharing the experience. On the other hand, it also means your vacations are now more expensive because there are more of you traveling. Still, it’s quite possible to have a great family vacation without breaking the bank. Here are just some suggestions, which could at least help you start thinking in the right direction when it comes to planning your next family vacation.
La Paz, Mexico
You can find some relatively cheap flight from the US to Mexico, or more specifically to San Jose del Cabo, from where you can get a shuttle to La Paz or rent a car. The famous Malecón, or waterfront promenade, attracts families who play in the sand, couples in love strolling and locals exercising. You can also visit the calm waters of Playa Balandra, famous for fine sand and a rock formation said to resemble a mushroom. If you’re after more adventure, book a tour and swim with playful sea lions and the massive whale sharks. When it comes to accommodation, you can find some decent budget hotels, but make sure you book them well in advance to get the best deal.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Those who wish to combine nature and culture may be interested in Colorado Springs, where they can enjoy hiking, biking and rafting at the edge of the Rockies, as well as the vibrant arts and culture scene. What makes this destination particularly interesting is the fact that it’s equally attractive in both the winter and summer. The kids would love the “Highest Zoo in America” and see exotic animals, such as elephants, giraffes and bears at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Again, there is a wide range of accommodation options, but you need to react quickly and book it as soon as you know the dates.
Camping is one of the greatest experiences for the whole family and the days spent in such an environment can be priceless. Pretty much any campsite will help you relax and refresh your old sweet childhood camping memories with your family. The amenities usually include arts and crafts areas, playgrounds, full recreational rooms including video game arcades, pool tables, and more. On top of all that, you will be able to experience nature at its finest. Just make sure you pack your camping gear, such as tents, sleeping bags, a gas stove and a sturdy, reliable otf knife, which can really come in handy when it comes to preparing food, making a shelter or cutting some branches looming over your tent.
Many people consider Niagara Falls a top natural wonder of the world and they have every right to do so. The mammoth Niagara River rumbles toward a 188-foot waterfall at about 20 to 30 (and up to 68) mph, which is definitely a sight worth visiting. The speed at which the river falls creates a misty fog and an unmistakable roar heard from miles away. Crowds flock to the railings to feel the mist on their faces and take pictures or videos of this amazing place. What you shouldn’t forget to pack, though, is some protective clothes, since you’ll definitely get wet. With so many honeymooners visiting the destination, it’s not surprising there is a large concentration of wedding chapels and hotels backlit in blaring neon. Still, you can stroll through some nice vineyards for that romantic touch to your vacation or visit the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens.
If your family is more interested in city-breaks, why not visit the capital of the US? In Washington D.C. you can visit museums, iconic monuments, outdoor spaces and distinct neighborhoods at no cost. Naturally, the most popular tourist spots in the city are the Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Tidal Basin. With so many food trucks around the city, you can really save a lot on food by grabbing affordable, yet delicious eats. Another idea is to rent a bike or an electric scooter in spring, summer or fall to tour the city. There is also the metro, which is relatively cheap.
Those looking for a fascinating and breath-taking destination should look no further than the Grand Canyon. To begin with, it offers some of the best views at almost no cost. You just need to hike along the Bright Angel Trail or the Rim Trail or drive the Desert View Drive, where you can picnic or visit the Tusayan museum and ruin site. Since there aren’t many eateries there, you should head out to Flagstaff, Arizona, for tasty but cheap menus. The problem with this destination, as with all other popular ones, is that cheap accommodation is hard to find, so you really need to book your rooms or campsites in advance.
These are just some ideas for your next family vacation, which don’t have to cost an arm and a leg, but which can be truly memorable. All you need to do is find the one that your whole family will be happy with and start planning. The sooner you start planning, the better deals you’ll be able to find, which is always a great thing, especially when traveling with more people.