Have you noticed that more and more groups of travelers to America’s national parks include not only parents and children, but that grandparents are often included to join in the fun?
Why is this? Today’s baby boomer grandparents are healthier and enjoy much more active lifestyles than ever before. Vacationing as a family unit is fun and can help reduce costs in tough economic times. Additionally, multi-generation vacations give grandparents the opportunity to spend more quality time with family members outside of the typical holiday dinners, while in many instances giving parents access to free babysitting as well!
National parks can be the perfect destination choice for such a group. With that in mind, here are a few ideas for your summer family vacation:
Visit America’s Oldest Surviving Structures in Mesa Verde National Park
Instill a true appreciation of history in your family by exploring villages built by the Ancestral Puebloans within alcoves on sheer cliffs. Now protected as part of Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park and recognized as a World Heritage Site, these dwellings include the expansive 150-room Cliff Palace and the death-defying Balcony House. Morning and evening tours leave daily from the park’s only hotel, Far View Lodge.
Get Hooked on Houseboating
Multiple staterooms, full kitchens, fireplaces, TVs, hot tubs and even waterslides, houseboating at Lake Powell (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area) is like captaining your own floating cabin. Houseboat rentals at Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas come in many sizes to accommodate any family and are the ideal way to explore the picturesque lake. Besides exploration, families will relish all the fun activities that come with the water including fishing, swimming and the use of personal watercrafts.
Step Back in Time and Unwind
Families can create lifetime memories with a summer vacation at the historic Lake Crescent Lodge and Log Cabin Resort. Located in Olympic National Park, these charming and classic properties now welcome third and fourth generations of families who celebrate their summer vacation traditions each year. Guests, both young and young-at-heart, will enjoy the trails, spectacular waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and deep blue waters of the Olympic Peninsula.
Whitewater rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and fishing are the necessary components to create a classic summer vacation full of memories. One destination that offers it all is Togwotee Mountain Lodge. The lodge is nestled in the mountains above Jackson Hole, Wyoming in Bridger-Teton National Forest. In addition to the varied activities, the property is merely 16 miles away from Grand Teton National Park and only 49 miles from the south gate of Yellowstone National Park for families in search of even more adventure.
With so many options available to multi-generational groups, there is truly a perfect vacation spot for every family to create lasting memories in and around our national parks. For more national park vacation inspiration follow us on Twitter at @TravelAramark.
By Robin Garrison, Marketing Specialist – Social Media, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations
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