There’s nothing as amazing as spending time with your family. The effect increases exponentially when you’re all out having a good time. Nature nurtures families. You get to unplug from the chaos of normal life and reconnect. Organizing your gear, planning cooking, working together, fishing, playing games- it’s a mixture of improvisation, creativity and comedy. They all help you to bond. Are you planning a camping trip with your family? Here are the top 13 places to go for the best family vacations in USA.
1. Destin, Florida
Do you want to camp on the Gulf? At this campsite, you’ll be pitching your tent right on the beach, just a few feet from the crystal waters of Destin. There’s lots of activities for everyone- from the 2 outdoor and 1 indoor pool to the game room, and a set-out activity room.
2. Outer Banks, North Carolina
Experience 70 miles of the wild Atlantic coastline. This is one of the campsites are Cape Hatteras National Seashore. You can drive your 4 x 4 to the coastline, go for organized camping, have fun at the beach, fish and surf all day long.
3. Walt Disney World Orlando
750 acres of pine trees and more wildlife than you can see. Disney world is great for family vacations and camping trips. The campsite is at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. You can even bring your pet along. Being in Disney world, you get access to the Disney transportation, swimming pool, onsite dining and other activities.
4. Pismo State Beach, California
This is a hotspot for families and couples. The tree lines white beach makes for great camping at the coast. At Pismo beach, you can go ATV-ing, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, surfing, and even clam hunting. The Oceano Area and North Beach campgrounds are a short walking distance from the shore.
5. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota
Travel by canoe during the day, and camp by the lakeside a night. Take your kids lake-hopping during any hour of the day and enjoy the comforts of the Sawbill Campground. It’s also a great area for star-gazing.
6. Big Bear Lake, Southern California
Are you passionate about mountain camping? Then this is definitely the place to be. You can do anything from fishing and kayaking to mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. It’s also a great spot for skiing during winter.
7. Glacier National Park, Rocky Mountains
This is for those families that particularly love to go hiking. Located in a pine forest next to Lake McDonald, Apgar Campground is perfect for those seeking both adventure and tranquility. Glacier national Park is at the heart of northwestern Montana, where the American and Canadian Rockies meet. It’s over 700 miles of trails, that are laden with picturesque forests, rugged mountains, breathtaking scenery, alpine meadows and glacial lakes.
8. Red River Gorge, Kentucky
This is a great place to let the kids get used to rock-climbing, rafting, hiking and kayaking. Be sure to check out the Natural Bridge, a 65 feet high and 78 feet long sandstone rock arch.
9. Rockywold Deephaven Camps, New Hampshire
Spend a week on the shores of Squam Lake, just on the edge of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The Rockyworld Deephaven Camps are specially designed for the ultimate family experience. There are guided nature walks, games, canoe races, boat tours, fishing, swimming, and child care programs and youth recreation.
10. Ludington State Park, Michigan
It’s 5,300 acres of sand dunes, marshlands, hardwood forests. Let’s not forget the 7 miles of Lake Michigan’s shoreline. The park is great for family camping hiking, and fishing. There are also summer concerts, biking trails and lighthouse tours. There are 3 campgrounds (Pines, Beachwood and Cedars) with over 350 campsites to choose from.
11. Acadia National Park, Maine
Revel in the salt breeze coming in from the ocean. This Atlantic park is popular for its classic New England coastal scenery. Go hiking to the top of Cadillac Mountain for 360° views of islands with lighthouses. You’ll even get glimpses of whales doing their thing out in the ocean.
12. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, North Carolina
Go front country camping at the Big Creek. The Midnight Hole is literally the deepest, shadiest and coolest place to go for a swim. Botany lovers will have a fiesta here. The National Park has more botanical biodiversity than the entire Northern Europe put together. There are over 6000 different species of plants, and tons of cool animals to track down. When visiting here with you family, be sure to bring along your plant/animal guide book with you plus a pair of binoculars and magnifying glasses.
13. Olympic National Park, Washington
You’ll find ferns so big, that 3 or 4 people can crawl in and sleep. Go hiking or backpacking with your family on Olympic’s western edge. GO camping in the lush rain forest or hiking on the Pacific coast trail passes next to towering rock sea stacks and tidal pools that are brimming with life.
When planning your family adventure, ensure that you get the right camping gear for the trip.