Thursday, July 7, 2011

Top 8 Awesome Family Summer Vacations

Guest blog post by Jennifer Bell

Yes, you can take a vacation even with a large family on a budget.

Some awesome trips to think about:

Washington DC- Do the whole tourist thing. Visit the monuments, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo all are free. Take the train in to add another interesting experience to your itinerary.

Pennsylvania- Hershey offers a factory tour and neat experiences for kids. They even have a theme park. The Amish Country offers the children an opportunity to learn about a different way of life. The land is beautiful as are the arts and crafts they sell.

Great Wolf Lodge Midwest, city and lake trip- Great Wolf Lodge resorts are a mini water park in a hotel. Combine it with a tour of a great city and a lake/camping vacation and you get all the perks a city has to offer plus the peacefulness of a lake getaway.

State or National Park- Some of the best trips are at state or national parks and are free to nominal in cost. Renting an RV or camping is a wonderful way to spend unplugged time with family that can really bring you closer together. Check out what your state offers and take your camera because the views are breathtaking.

Nags Head, NC- Get ready to catch some rays and waves. If you are seeking a beach vacation on the east coast it is hard to beat the white beaches of Nags Head. Family friendly motels, resorts, and campgrounds offer a variety of accommodations. Take advantage of activities offered by the parks service for the best and most affordable adventures suitable for even the youngest of travelers. Don’t forget to go see the Lost Colony the famous outdoor drama depicting the mystery of the first settlers in NC.

Oregon coast Cannon beach area- For folks closer to the Pacific, the Oregon coast is a perfect choice with its quiet, pristine beaches. From Astoria to Newport, the area boasts 80 plus national or state parks and 9 lighthouses for your pleasure.

Mountain destination- Say you would rather put your toes in a mountain stream and picnic by a waterfall than a sandy beach? Then a mountain trip is one for you. Check out the ones closest to you.

Route 66 Road trip- If you have teens or adventurous kids (young children probably will not be up to sitting as long), a considerable road trip may be ideal. One of the best in the country is the trip along Route 66, an 8 state trip from Chicago to LA with the most attractions in Arizona.

Whether you fly, drive, or take a train, camp or stay at a hotel, your vacation for your family of four to 14 can be affordable and memorable.

This guest article was contributed by Jennifer Bell from Health Training Guide. Jennifer is a freelance writer and mother of 2 based in Los Angeles, CA. Check out her site to learn more about medical administrative assistant training and other exciting health careers.

Thank you, Jennifer, for your great ideas for some awesome family trips! 
Where have you taken your kids that is a perfect family vacation? What do you recommend???
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