We’ve done a lot of posts about the summertime, in fact you can probably even say that we are crazy about the summer. Don’t blame us, if you’re subject to gloomy weather, freezing temperatures and a few months of indoor isolation, why wouldn’t you celebrate this fantastic time of the year. The sun stays high up in the sky for a good number of hours, the skies reflect a clear, azure color in reflection of the waters you would just love to jump into with this kind of weather.
The summer isn’t just a time for perfect weather. It is also that time of the year to spend with family. With children attending school out for vacation coupled with the perfect weather conditions, it only makes sense to go out and do some activities together to strengthen the bonds of family. Engaging in activities together not only strengthens family bonds but also generates a lot of memories that are beneficial to how your children grow up.
Among activities to do together, nothing is more impactful than spending a vacation or a trip together. This takes you and your family away from daily distractions and things that can take their attention away. Going on a trip takes you out of a scenario in which you are compelled to work, it takes your kids away from friends they commonly spend time with, provides solace from housework and devotes the entire focus on the family’s activities. We’ve compiled a list of places across America where you and the family can travel to and engage in such bonding moments. Here are just a few of our favorites.
The Grand Canyon in Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most intense geological treasures. A product of billions of years of changing landscapes this world heritage site not only provides a stunningly beautiful landscape, it also serves as a backdrop to teach your kids the wonders of nature. Aside from sightseeing, you can engage in family activities like camping along the Colorado River and jumping on a boat for some whitewater rafting.
Key West, Florida
Key West is the perfect backdrop for an awesome summer trip. Driving up to Key West provides some wonderful scenery of the sea as you cross multiple bridges across some of the islands or keys. It also gives you the chance to stop by some places that the family would be able to get some activities done. I’d recommend stopping at Islamorada and hiring a boat with a professional fisherman who can teach you some tarpon fishing. Stop by the National Key Deer Sanctuary in Big Pine Key and marvel at the cute and beautiful key deer. When you reach your destination at Key West hang out in Mallory Square and watch the multitude of performers there in a wondrous visual experience. Time it so you’re there in the late afternoon until sunset as the square is strategically perched to give you a vantage point in watching the sun set.
Who says history should be boring? Your kids will have a deeper appreciation of this subject and on the ideals that our nation went through by visiting our Nation’s Capital. Mix up the visits to the various monuments by also dropping by some of the fun museums in the impressive Smithsonian system. A favorite stop would be the Air and Space Museum where your family can learn more about the country’s trailblazing approach and milestones in exploring the skies and plunging beyond our atmosphere into space. This is a trip worth going to with fun and learning combined into one.
Theme Parks at Orlando, FL
On at least one family vacation in your life as a family, it is definitely worth carving out memories by visiting the massive theme parks in Orlando. From the Disney World Theme Park that is composed of different worlds to the Universal Studios Theme Park, your kids would love the mix of rides, attractions, dining opportunities and photo opportunities with key characters they see on the big screen. The theme parks are strategically planned to take care of kids of all ages, including the ones who are 30 years old and up, you’ll need to keep those kids happy especially because they are paying for that trip most of the time. Drive out to Cape Canaveral for more space-related attractions, just 2 or 3 hours away from Orlando.
Pacific Coast Highway mostly in California
With all the attractions the United States’ most populous and most popular state carries, you can experience all of them within a few days by going on an epic road trip along the expanse of road known as the Pacific Coast Highway. You can plan out the trip to start off in San Francisco and enjoying the city’s rich cultural scene and landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. Take the highway down and stop by attractions like the bridge at Big Sur and spots like Santa Barbara and Malibu. The PCH takes you right into Los Angeles where you can also further explore spots like Hollywood and the Santa Monica Pier. Continue on the route and end it in classy San Diego and enjoying the beach and some military heritage by visiting the naval base and the Midway Naval Museum.
So many places and so little time to enjoy them, which makes it doubly important to plan your trips out and stick to committing to going on that vacation together.